August 25, 2006

IF CAESAR'S WIFE HAS TO BE CLEANER THAN OTHERS, WHAT OF CAESAR?:

Spitzer Took Rides on Private Plane of Gambling Figure (JACOB GERSHMAN, August 25, 2006, NY Sun)

Republican candidate for governor, John Faso, says his Democratic opponent, Eliot Spitzer, violated state lobbying rules by underpaying for flights on a private jet belonging to a casino developer who is part of a group bidding on the state racing franchise.

On May 24 and 25, Mr. Spitzer and a campaign staffer used a private jet owned by the developer, Richard Fields, to shuttle between fund-raisers in Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., and Cincinnati. The campaign reimbursed Mr. Fields a total of $4,300 for three flights.

Mr. Faso is contending that Mr. Spitzer underreported the cost of the flights by tens of thousands of dollars and is asking the state lobbying commission to investigate the matter. The Faso campaign is accusing Mr. Spitzer of underpaying for the flights by $37,678.

In a statement, Mr. Faso said, "Mr. Spitzer has basically accepted and not reported a donation of as much as $38,000 from somebody who is currently lobbying to allow an out-of-state Indian tribe to build more casinos in New York. This is the perfect example of how Eliot Spitzer holds others to higher standards than he holds himself."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 25, 2006 8:59 AM
Comments

The other question would be why, when facing basically token opposition and operating out of the richest metropolitan area in the nation, the purer-than-Mrs. Caesar Spitzer is flying off to raise funds in Tucson, Ariz., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Posted by: John at August 25, 2006 10:34 AM

Reimbursing for a private jet flight by using commercial first class rates is an old scam, and its nice to see Mr.Spitzer is keeping it alive.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 25, 2006 11:14 AM

Eliot Spitzer is going to have a breakdown when he is forced to drop all charges against Dick Grasso, rather than face losing big at trial.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 25, 2006 11:20 AM
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