Yikes…I should have applied to work for the Spitzer campaign.
From the Buffalo News…
ALBANY – Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer, his campaign account flush with cash after his easy victory last month, handed out $1.3 million in thank-you bonuses to dozens of his campaign workers.
The payments, which included $200,000 to Rich Baum, his senior adviser, were buried amid the money the campaign spent on hotels, airfare and television ads in the final days of the gubernatorial campaign, according to financial disclosure documents Spitzer filed with the state Board of Elections on Monday.
“The bonuses reflect the hard work and determination of a remarkable campaign staff,” Spitzer said in a statement Monday night.
The hard work? This guy was the crowned governor from the day he threw his hat into the gubenatorial race.
Let’s see…Eliot raised about $40 mil for his campaign to become the man to lead our state. I know he remembers a New York that is different than the one we live in now, but that number is almost obscene. With denaro like that backing him up, how could he lose. Politics is big business. I forget that sometimes.
After the race, Spitzer is left with $5.5 mil in the bank.
Don’t get me wrong, he did/does what every politician hopes to do…generate as much funds as possible to back a campaign. It is perfectly legal, but just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.
Mr. Spitzer might think it is otay to propose some warm and fuzzy “Fundraising Reforms” now that he has been elected, but will that really stop the influence of money/power on our executive branch of state government?