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Dems Hit Lazio as a 'Bonus Baby'

Friday, July 30, 2010

WNYC

Here’s the New York State Democratic Party’s latest video, dubbing Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio “a Bonus Baby,” for getting $1.3 million from JP Morgan, which received federal aid during the Wall Street meltdown.

The ad, it’s worth noting, is not coming directly from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo’s campaign, but it’s clear the way they want to handle Lazio is by tying him personally to Wall Street, bonuses and bailouts.

The goal is force Lazio into defending Wall Street, which isn't too common right now, as this front-page Washington Post story about Democratic congressional candidate Reshma Saujani makes clear.

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Sheinkopf's Other Job

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WNYC

One (belated) note about the new communication consultant the New York State Democratic Party hired to handle rapid responses during this campaign cycle.

He’s also a lobbyist.

Hank Sheinkopf has a storied career as a communication consultant, helping President Clinton get re-elected and narrowly winning three citywide elections here in 2001.

But along with Sheinkopf’s press work, he’s also a lobbyist. His clients have included Food Craft Inc., the American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Verizon, DC37 retirees, Bear Stearns and others.

Lobbyists are increasingly playing a bigger role in the 2010 governor’s race, and not just as punching bags for reform-minded candidates.

Liz Benjamin noted that the State Democratic Party’s executive director, Charlie King, has financial ties to lobbyists.

And the New York Times reported months ago on Jennifer Cunningham, “Advisor to Cuomo is a Top Lobbyist.”

And one of Cuomo’s likely GOP opponents, Rick Lazio, is having his campaign run by a guy who is still registered as a lobbyist.

When asked for a comment about his work as a lobbyist and NYS Democratic Party spokesman, Sheinkopf emailed “America is a great country.”

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