More of Golisano’s Money
by Geoff Kelly - posted 12:06 pm, September 5, 2008
Yesterday we calculated that about 1/4 of the money spent by Tom Golisano’s Responsible New York PAC so far has gone to Steve Pigeon and colleagues for consulting fees (about $140,000 out of about $568,000, all spent in August).
(Close to $120,000 was paid to New York Media Strategies, too, which we are told is Jack O’Donnell, formerly of the Kavanaugh and Mesi campaigns and now working alongside Pigeon for Responsible New York.)
Another recipient of Golisano’s money is the Steve Pigeon-controlled PAC Citizens for Fiscal Integrity, to which Pigeon steered $4,000 on August 7. Citizens for Fiscal Integrity was $7,237.09 in debt until it received $5,000 from the Hamburg Land Corporation last June. Though still $2,237.09 in debt, in July the PAC managed to distribute $500 to Barbra Kavanaugh, $1,000 to Joe Mesi, $500 to Frank Sedita III, and $1,000 in consulting fees to Democratic political operative Alexander Smith Alexandra Schmid. That left Citizens for Fiscal Integrity $5,237.09 in the hole at the end of July. Then Pigeon came around with $4,000 of Golisano’s money. So they’re almost out of the hole. Who wants to bet Golisano’s money pulls them all the way out before this fall’s campaign season is finished?
Despite receiving that $4,000 cash infusion, Citizens for Fiscal Integrity chose not to file a campaign disclosure form for the 32-day and 11-day pre-primary deadlines.
Responsible New York dropped another $3,000 on a group called People For Responsible Government, which is not registered at all with New York State’s Board of Elections. The group’s address is 11 Deerhurst Park Boulevard in Tonawanda, which is owned by Dave Pfaff—another well known Democratic operative who is employed by the county and is a spokesman for Citizens for Fiscal Integrity. Another Pigeon associate.
In a Buffalo News article today about another catch-basin for Responsible New York funds (in which staff writer Jim Heaney reports basically what we reported in this week’s print edition, which comes out online only Wednesday night), Steve Pigeon responds to a question about the coordination of all these different cash outlets, “I think it will all come out in the [Board of Election] reports.”
Yeah, probably. But to me it already looks like Pigeon is taking Tom Golisano’s money on a joy ride.