Lawmakers slammed Success Academy charter boss Eva Moskowitz Wednesday for accepting an $8.5 million donation from controversial hedge fund manager John Paulson.
Paulson recently bought $120 million of Puerto Rico's debt and has developed a luxury retreat for wealthy Americans fleeing rising taxes in the U.S.
His critics say he is exploiting the island's recent economic troubles.
"You should not be living and making a profit off the bones of Puerto Rico," said New York State Sen. Gustavo Rivera. "This is blood money."
"It's important Eva Moskowitz stand up and say we don't take dirty money," said City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso.
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“Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are,” Mr. Reynoso said, quoting a popular Spanish proverb. “Right now, the message Eva Moskowitz is sending to us and the diaspora of Puerto Rico is that her friends are false, and they take advantage of the terrible financial policies in Puerto Rico that have crippled the residents and the citizens of Puerto Rico.”
But Moskowitz dismissed the criticism, saying: "Success Academy is proud to accept money from John Paulson."
Hey, what's a little blood money when it will buy some extra "Test Prep Pampers" for the kids to wear during the school day?