Friday, April 07, 2006

Poll: Spitzer Way Out Ahead of the Rest

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer maintains solid leads over his potential GOP rivals and over Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, his rival for the Democratic nomination for governor. He leads Tom Suozzi, 69 percent to 14 percent, for the Democratic nomination and tops Faso, 66 percent to 18 percent, in a possible general election matchup. Spitzer leads Republican William Weld by the same margin. [WNBC]

Spitzer Says 'No Thanks' to Record Companies

Spitzer To Return Campaign Donations From Record Companies
Wishes to Avoid Conflict of Interest

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, currently running for governor in New York state, has recently lead an antitrust investigation of the radio and music industry

His gubernatorial campaign had received about $40,000 in contributions from executives linked to the music industry. The New York Post says that Mr. Spitzer has decided to return those donations in order to avoid controversy or questions of ethics.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Spitzer and Running Mate Paterson in Syracuse

Eliot Spitzer spoke at the Sheetmetal Workers Hall on Pulaski Street in Syracuse on Satuday. Syracuse was Spitzer's third stop of the day. He also made visits to Buffalo, Rochester and Westchester County.

Changing the status quo is what Eliot Spitzer is about, and it is what this campaign is about. His choice for running mate is David Paterson, D-Manhattan, who Spitzer hopes will be a lieutenant governor who will take the lead for him on many of the important challenges facing our state. Mr. Paterson is the quick-on-his feet Senate Democrat leader who has engineered a party comeback in the Republican-controlled chamber. Here's more about the way Attorney General Spitzer came to his decision about Mr. Paterson.

Desperate Republicans have been upset because Eliot Spitzer has been tough on their special interests - the big businesses that have been systematically robbing everyday New Yorkers.

He said that we need to see decency, fairness, and openness in government - and apply them to health care, education, etc. We have seen enough of the ever-growing gap between the haves and have nots in New York State.
We shouldn't be shy about speaking up about how we feel.
We need to do something different.
We have to rattle the cages.
You don't change the world by whispering.
You'll never change the status quo by accepting it.
We will not succeed unless we reform our state government.

Eliot Spitzer says that what the people care about - and what we have to focus on - is improving the lives of our kids, so they'll stay here, they'll put down their roots, they'll buy homes, and become part of the community.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Spitzer's Passion for Public Interest: A Political Boon

Excerpt from an Albany Times-Union op-ed by Fred LeBrun:
If anything, Eliot Spitzer's touch of fiery behavior is much more mainstream than what we've been experiencing the last 11 years with George Pataki.

Pataki is neither publicly demonstrative nor emotional to a remarkable degree. It was nearly eight years ago that Adam Nagourney wrote the definitive personality profile of Pataki in The New York Times Magazine, aptly titled "Bland Ambition."

In it, the reporter foreshadowed for us many of the traits we've come to accept and largely appreciate in our sitting governor. But they also include his ability to be ruthless, dogmatic and calculating, and somehow transfer passion from his demeanor to his agenda.

George Pataki is an extremely adept, bright and complicated politician. His temperament, however, is the one Eliot's is being compared to.
Of the two, Spitzer is the one who's typical, not Pataki. But you know, even that doesn't matter. It's just personal style, and doesn't touch substance. Which does matter.
[Albany Times Union 15 January 2006]

AIG Could Pay $1.5B to Settle Accounting Charges

American International Group Inc. could pay as much as $1.5 billion to settle civil investigations by state and federal authorities into an accounting scandal, according to published reports.

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the New York State Insurance Department filed a suit against AIG and ousted former chief executive and longtime chairman Maurice "Hank" Greenberg in May 2005, alleging that the company and Greenberg had resorted to accounting fraud to boost its financial results and stock price.

[source: WebCPA]

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Spitzer Raises 5x More Than Any Rivals

Eliot Spitzer has raised $19.1 million - more than five times the war chest of any of his likely rivals. [source: NY Daily News]

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Spitzer's hefty campaign war chest, Newsday
Spitzer sets blistering campaign fundraising pace, Newsday
Spitzer racks up $19M for gubernatorial race, Press & Sun-Bulletin
Spitzer raises millions of dollars for campaign, WNYT
Signs of Strength in Fund-Raising Reports, NY Times

Sunday, January 15, 2006

LA Times Letter: California Could Use an Eliot Spitzer

"Wouldn't it be great if we had an advocate like that?"

Linda Okun
La Verne, CA

[source: LA Times 15 January 2006]

Friday, January 13, 2006

Spitzer: Ready to Engage Suozzi

A statewide poll out Friday from Manhattanville College showed Spitzer leading Suozzi, 72 percent to 8 percent, among Democratic voters surveyed with 20 percent undecided. The telephone poll of 500 Democrats was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, just before Suozzi announced formation of his gubernatorial campaign committee. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

[source: Newsday 13 January 2006]

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Monday, October 03, 2005


Norm Scheiber (of TNR) has an interesting piece on 'the Spitz' - Eliot Spitzer - in the New York Times today. The term "spiterism" describes Spitzer's GOP-infuriating approach to prosecuting corporate wrongdoers. (Grover Norquist hates Spitzer's tactics, so he must be doing something right.) Sheiber suggests that Democrats could benefit, in a political sense, from watching Spitzer's tenacious toughness against the moral evils which surface on the dark side of business and fearlessly defending the social compact between ordinary people and large institutions like government and business.
Gene Sperling, the chief economic adviser in the Clinton White House, says that Spitzer grasps this distinction: "The key in the Spitzer message is. . .it's not a populist bashing for the sake of it.".........

"His advocacy on behalf of a growing and new class of investors could have wide applicability," says Howard Wolfson, a former Democratic Congressional strategist and an adviser to Hillary Clinton.........

"I think that if Spitzer is able to translate the particular work he did around risk associated with investment in the stock market. . .into a larger narrative for Democrats about risk in the 21st century" - not just stock-market risk but risk associated with pensions, health care, employment - that "could help forge the bond with the middle class that we've lost."
With the middle class feeling that their financial situation is less stable than ever before, Spitzer's emphasis on making companies more accountable makes them feel more secure. No one wants to see their life savings wiped out as a result of corporate greed and wrongdoing.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Daniels Leaves Pataki Administration

AP - Randy Daniels, a former CBS News correspondent and potential contender for the 2006 Republican nomination for governor, resigned Thursday as Gov. George Pataki's appointed secretary of state. While Daniels has been exploring a possible candidacy and seeking contributions for months, he told The Associated Press last month he could not legally be an announced candidate for governor and hold the state job because the Department of State administers federal funds. [Newsday]

Spitzer's office checks for gas price gouging

Binghamton/Southern Tier: Dozens of consumers have called the New York State Attorney General's regional office in Binghamton to report instances of gas price gouging. More than 3,000 calls have been made to the New York State Consumer Protection Board as of last Wednesday. Of those 3,000 calls, 1,800 were "specific calls" -- calls that noted the location of a specific station, prices or the time in which there was a price jump. These calls were referred to the Albany office, which then divided the calls and designated them by their location. The Binghamton Attorney General's office received an additional 120 calls from calls to the protection board.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has also asked regional offices to investigate at least five stations within their region that have appeared to have the highest gas spikes in the shortest amount of time, said Attorney General's office spokesman Marc Violette. []

Fed Study Confirms Racial Lending Disparities

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says that a nationwide lending survey confirms the stark racial disparities in mortgage lending that his office has been investigating for six months. The study, conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, shows that African-Americans were far more likely than whites to receive high-cost loans, even after controlling for factors such as the borrower’s income. []

Spitzer calls critics 'apologists for the powerful'

Sept 15 - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Thursday refuted accusations he was "overaggressive" and said critics were often "apologists for the powerful and politically connected who commit crimes."

Spitzer, who's running for New York state governor as a Democrat, has been the subject of negative editorials in The Wall Street Journal, saying he is too zealous in attacking investment banks, the mutual fund industry and insurance companies for practices that have been common for years.

"These people are taking sides against integrity and for distortion," said Spitzer at a press conference announcing the 37 counts of fraud against eight former top officials of Marsh Inc., the world's largest insurance broker and a unit of Marsh & McLennan Inc. [Reuters]

Related story: Eight ex-Marsh officials indicted over bid-rigging [Reuters]