Mr. de Blasio and several aides, along with a number of consultants and labor union operatives, find themselves caught up in a criminal investigation focused on how they directed money into some of the contested races.
The inquiry focuses squarely on the de Blasio team’s effort to use county committees to deliver more money than would be allowed through contribution caps that apply to individual candidates.But the Cuomo campaign was nonetheless involved in the overall effort to help the Democrats retake the Senate, at least behind the scenes, according to documents and correspondence reviewed by The New York Times, and to people briefed on the effort.Meetings were held, plans drawn up and lawyers consulted. And perhaps most important, money was raised — in the end, well over $1 million.A senior aide to the governor, Joseph Percoco, took part in some of the earliest organizational and planning sessions with a top de Blasio administration official and campaign lawyers for the mayor and the governor, the materials reviewed by The Times show.Mr. Percoco also received central legal and operational documents on how the fund-raising effort would be carried out. Three weeks before the election, he corresponded with Emma Wolfe, one of the mayor’s closest advisers, about the procedures for paying for hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign advertisements and mailings for Democratic candidates in targeted races, according to the materials.The disclosures seem to suggest that Mr. Percoco, who was one of the governor’s most trusted senior staff members until he left the administration in January, may have been aware of some of the conduct that is now under scrutiny, and that is at the heart of the fund-raising inquiry. His lawyer, Barry A. Bohrer, declined to comment.
Yet when Cuomo's hack at the Board of Elections referred the matter to the Manhattan D.A. for investigation, the Cuomo links were conveniently left out.
Gee, why would that have happened?
Oh - right.