Tag Archive: funding

Sep 02 2014

Meet Jung’s Anti-Semitic Support Network

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This is why we have to be mindful of a candidate beyond the palm cards. Beware of S. J Jung.

Did you ever wonder who’s really behind a campaign?

Campaigns hire the seediest people. Yes, seedy. Really seedy. In fact, whether their advice comes from convicts or consulting firms that blur the line between Super PACs and direct campaigning, some of these “consulting” characters really take the cake. Take for instance, Peter Brown, the chief advisor to S.J Jung, a candidate running for State Senate in Queens, who’s been working to prove that US government agents were responsible for the destruction of 7 World Trade Center.

The BrownMiller Group, of which Peter Brown is a founding partner, led the effort to collect more than 53,000 signatures on petitions to force a city referendum requiring a new investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center. But why?

The purpose of this referendum is to prove that US government agents, not Al Qaeda, was responsible for the destruction of 7 World Trade Center.

Now this guy is a major player on Jung’s payroll. As such, when announcing his candidacy, Jung bragged to the World Journal that the BrownMiller Group had joined his team and even told Korea Daily that Brown was advising Jung on political strategy. Oh, here we go.

But the devil is in the details, so follow the link. Although dubbed the “Highrise Safety Initiative,” the effort was funded by an organization called the NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN).

According to NYS Board of Elections records, NYC CAN paid the BrownMiller Group $183,563 in five separate installments.

Ted Walters, NYC CAN’s Executive Director, said the ballot initiative was a way for conspiracy theories about the destruction of the World Trade Center to be “mainstreamed.” According to Walters, there “was a deliberate attempt on the part of FBI leadership to block” individuals “from finding out about the plot and preventing it.“ He also claimed “people in the government knew (about the attacks) and allowed it to happen…The collapse of the Twin Towers and Building 7 were all demolitions…The alleged hijackers did not have the expertise to pilot the planes.” Yea, right.

NYC CAN is supported by Anti-Semites & Anti-Israel Bigots. But it’s not Walters’ crazy claims which should alarm you, BrownMiller has networked with an anti-Semitic coalition to further CAN’s radical agenda. Walters personally promoted the referendum on a podcast hosted by an Anti-Israel conspiracy theorist who claimed Israeli rescue workers were stealing organs after the Haitian earthquake. In addition, a variety of anti-Semitic websites, including the Iranian state-owned news service, promoted donations to and support for NYC CAN’s referendum, where it was described as “the most important group working to change history” and prove that Israeli agents were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

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The referendum was heavily promoted on anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and conspiracy websites and news outlets that claim that Israel was behind 9/11. In other words, the strategist leading Jung’s candidacy is also working on a project that is helping to unite an anti-Semitic movement behind a crazy ballot referendum in New York.

Even though NYC CAN believes 9/11 was conducted by US Agents, none of this however stopped Jung from paying BrownMiller, and it likely won’t.

This begs the question, is it possible for the CAN coalition to lobby Jung through the BrownMiller Group? Or even directly to him? What would stop them? After all, there is a clear path to access. Will the ballot initiative sail through with a special legislative liaison advocating on its behalf, now or later? Of course it’s all possible. When a candidate is elected, they take all of their interests, their supporter’s interests, and especially their baggage with them into office. Why would Jung prove any different?

Meanwhile, The Anti-Defamation League called Jones “the Conspiracy King” and referred to him as “anti-Israel conspiracy theorist” in 2010 after his website promoted the claim that Israeli rescue workers in Haiti were involved in stealing organs.

Luckily, de Blasio thinks it’s all a joke, and for good reason. He said the NYC CAN ballot proposal was “absolutely ridiculous… And it’s inappropriate, after all the suffering that went on 9/11 and since. It seems to be this is a very insensitive and inappropriate action.”

This is dangerous. Still, the BrownMillerGroup has influence over Jung, and they always will. The question becomes how much influence does CAN have directly on Jung? [See the dotted line on the diagram to illustrate the point]. Is this a chance you’re willing to take? Don’t fret, there is a bright side: this potential influence won’t amount anything if Jung loses the election and moves back to New Jersey. But my oh my, wouldn’t it be nice to have a dear friend in office, a friend with legislative authority and a budget?

The district where Jung is running contains one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in New York City, along with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and approximately 20 synagogues. The district is also home to many police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and construction workers who responded to the disaster and helped in the recovery. Overall more than 250 Queens residents died on 9/11.

So think twice about casting your ballot for SJ Jung, things are not what they appear to be.

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Apr 24 2013

Queen of Transparency is Full of Staff

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Dirty politics? All of us taxpayers have helped pay for Quinn’s campaign operations through the taxpayer-funded Community Outreach Unit.

Quinn is using taxpayer dollars to fund her election with a political hit team in a separate office way from all of the other council members.

Christine Quinn said that she wants to bring transparency to government, she wants a more responsive City Council and a corruption-free city government, but what she said she wants and what she does are two different things.

In her pocket, Quinn has a private tax-payer funded staff that is working behind the scenes to get her elected, the so-called Community Outreach Unit. We’re not talking about one employee making telephone calls, we’re talking a million dollars of secret staff that only do her political operations. She hired former agency and political directors and operatives from unions – people who are not responsive to anyone except for her.

Here she is getting 6-to-1 public matching funds plus taxpayer funding to pay employees to help solely with her political agenda, and none of the other council members seem to even know about this.

Meanwhile Quinn has been the queen of mean raking in the dough and spending our money with reckless abandon while council member after council member gets indicted. You know, Quinn was a council member during the time when slush funds were used to stack away pork.

All central staff council members have a role to assist each and every council member for committee assignments and daily operations, but this special hit team is used solely to fund her campaign for the Mayor of New York City. I wonder what Mike Bloomberg will have to say when he hears about this.

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Mar 01 2013

Avella Failed To Bring Home the Bacon To Council District 19

 

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What can you get done in politics when you have no allies? Just ask Tony Avella.

History set to repeat itself except on a larger scale if Tony is elected Borough President.

Tony doesn’t get along with anyone, and that is his Achilles heel, not for himself but for his constituency.

During his time as City Councilman, Tony brought back some of the lowest amount of discretionary funds in the entire City Council.  The capital budget, expense funds – Tony wasn’t bringing home the bacon, persistently ranking at the bottom rung of allocated funds. He even received less funding than Hiram Monseratte and Charles Barron. During his tenure, civics went hungry, infrastructure neglected, and somehow he’s hailed as a hero for rescuing a pet pig. And when he was running for citywide office, Tony even sent parts of the little funding he had outside the borough!

Trust me when I say it’s not personal, although multiple confirmed reports of him walking in the halls of Albany spreading rumors and innuendo about me is hard to ignore. I just don’t want this to happen across the borough, or to you.  Tony is an honorable man, he’ll fight for what he believes in, there’s no questioning it. He deserves utmost praise for his activism against the spread of hydrofracking and a host of quality of life issues, most especially his landmark initiative for Flushing Meadows. But we don’t think he should have another chance to neglect Queens the way he neglected the Council District.

His colleagues feel the same way. He isn’t so good at what he does – and yet – the blindly faithful will continue to support him, blog about him, even try to discredit anyone who’s brave enough to talk about it. Perhaps he should remain in the Senate as his record in municipal affairs is rather pathetic.

But that’s just his personality, a personality which has been detrimental to the district year after year. The numbers don’t lie. So let’s be clear, I’m not encouraging anyone to kiss the ring of the speaker, but you must be able to cooperate, to work with colleagues for the constituents and put aside personal grudges at a bare minimum. Isn’t that politics 101? Isn’t that why we elected him in the first place?

He’s a very nice guy to people he likes and the rest of us can take a hike. Remember that in the voting booth.

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