They haven't gotten far. WNYC reported:
A spokesman for the company wouldn't comment on the reason for the gift...
The top Democrat in the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, has supported Atlantic Yards in the past, and his continued backing could play a role in securing tax-exempt financing for the apartments and the basketball arena. His office would not return phone calls or an e-mail.
The Brooklyn Paper tried both sides of the deal:
The executive director of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, Kathleen Joyce, said she could not comment for this story, but promised to find someone who could. That person never called The Brooklyn Paper.
A spokesman for Forest City Ratner said only, “No comment.”
Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner told the newspaper:
“But in practice, housekeeping accounts are a political slush fund controlled by the speaker,” she said. “Money given that way is money that gets dispensed and used by the party bosses rather than by an individual candidate. It gives much more bang for the buck."
So, will the New York Times and the other dailies acknowledge this story?