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Friday, March 29, 2013

McDonald and Thompson Among The Losers of the Week

Two of the mayoral candidates managed to get into City and Stae NY's list of losers of the week.

George McDonald - for failing to match ground with his two rivals in the Republican primary. And Bill Thompson - for siding with Kelly on the Inspector General issue, which didnt play out too well and appealing to his Democratic party base of voters, and for violating the City's campaign finance board's campaign contribution laws. 

George MdcDonald - "Just about the only waves that McDonald has made in his mayoral campaign is his ongoing lawsuit challenging New York City’s campaign finance law that limits individual contributions to $4,950 per person. But after McDonald’s anemic fundraising numbers in the latest filing period, the Doe Fund founder was forced to eat crow and enter the city’s public matching funds program. McDonald maintains that he will keep on fighting the good fight and continue his legal challenge, but his candidacy is beginning to flounder and he’ll need to make up major ground to catch up with his Republican rivals Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis." 
Bill Thompson - "The mayoral contender has come under fire for his position on the proposed Inspector General for the New York Police Department, suggesting that an IG’s office should be placed under the purview of the NYPD and Commissioner Ray Kelly, which would seemingly defang the idea of independent oversight. For a candidate whose base is in the city’s African-American community, siding with Kelly, whose relations with that community are tense to the say the least, probably was not the wisest political move. On top of his IG waffling, a report revealed that Thompson’s campaign omitted key information about the sources of more then $450,000 of his campaign fundraising, a violation of campaign finance law."

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