A Case Against Kruger?
March 9th, 2011
“The veteran Brooklyn Democrat will be charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors with using his influence as a public official to line his pockets, according to multiple sources,” the Daily News .reports.
Kruger — the ranking head (and former chair) of the Finance Committee — has been under investigation for doing favors in return for campaign contributions. Although Kruger usually had little to no competition for his seat from Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach, he raised massive amounts of money. On Election Day last year he had amassed more than $2 million despite facing only a little known Conservative Party candidate. Not having to fork out money for electioneering expenses — and benefiting from the state’s lax laws on using campaign cash — Kruger reportedly spent lavishly on restaurants, hotels and his car.
Earlier this month, one of Kruger’s donors, Michael Levitis, who is suspected of serving as an intermediary between the senator and those seeking favors, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators probing the connections. In April 2009, Levitis was caught on a secretly tape saying that he needed to pay off a Kruger aide to get help with an upcoming official business inspection.
The Post though, says the charges facing Kruger tomorrow may have nothing to do with that. Instead, the paper reports, “Kruger will be the biggest name among a number of political and public people who will be charged or linked to the heretofore unknown Manhattan corruption case.”
Stay tuned.By Gail Robinson on March 9, 2011, 7:40 pm
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