When news of corruption charges against state Senator Carl Kruger first surfaced this month, I mentioned that Kruger had received FCR-related campaign contributions, and on Friday I wrote again about Michael Ratner.
Today, in an article labeled "Exclusive," the New York Post offers Kruger's campaigns see big 'Net' gains:
State Sen. Carl Kruger -- who, the feds charge, directed state money to the Atlantic Yards project, which includes a new Nets arena -- took thousands of dollars in campaign cash from deep-pocketed donors connected to its developer, the team and the arena.(Actually, he directed state money toward a Prospect Park project pushed by Forest City executive Bruce Bender.)
Nets investor Michael Ratner and his wife, Karen Ranucci, are cited first, with no reference to my coverage.
The others listed advance the story:
- Richard Lipsky, a former Ratner lobbyist, and his wife, Dorothy (Lipsky's also been charged, for illegal gifts, as well)
- Vincent Viola, a Wall Street mogul and former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange
- Ahron Hersh, a former CEO of a handbag company
- Martin Rostowsky, president of a Sunset Park electric-supply company
The numbers are not so great as to suggest a massively organized plan; still, it's notable that so few would comment.
Surely Michael Ratner's pattern of contributions deserves further scrutiny, as well.