Eliot Spitzer, as Attorney General denied any tactical errors, later claimed a decisive victory in the war against capitalist prosperity. “Money is offensive to my constituents who can’t make money themselves and instead have to beg for it in government offices,” he said later at a Midtown press conference. “We must clean our streets from the rich corporate scum that’s been infesting them. Nobody earning over a hundred thousand a year is innocent. Let’s all work together to make our city safe again for the homeless to frolic without the fear of being offended by tactless display of prosperity,” he finished to a standing ovation from an audience of mainstream media reporters.
Some retrogrades would call Spitzer an “extortionist” who threatens a corporation with a phony lawsuit that would cost them millions in legal fees and damage control. They “appease the beast” with a settlement hoping he would go away. But every corporate payoff makes the beast stronger and his appetite bigger. He then threatens their neighbor, and then the next neighbor - until the entire block on Wall Street is paying ransom, and then the next block, and so on. He learned it from the Unions who in their turn learned it from the Sicilian Mafia.
Shakedown artist is more like it.
Extortion would enter the picture if any of the corporations Spitzer threatened also made "donations" to his family foundation.