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Tkaczyk, who campaigned for reform, holds fundraiser
Capitol Confidential ^ | February 26, 2013 | by Jimmy Vielkind

Posted on 02/27/2013 9:15:42 AM PST by mgist

Tkaczyk, who campaigned for reform, holds fundraiser

State Senate Republicans are blasting Freshman Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk as a hypocrite for a fairly basic political activity: holding a fundraiser.

Yes, yes: EVERYBODY holds fundraisers. But Tkaczyk, a Duanesburg Democrat, campaigned against ex-Assemblyman George Amedore on the issue of public campaign finance. Amedore, a Rotterdam homebuilder, said he supports greater disclosure for campaigns, but labeled public financing as a “tax.”

Tkaczyk got a major boost when, in the final days of her campaign, two downstate Super PACs funded by Jonathan Soros and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes spent $500,000 to boost her candidacy.

Tkaczyk assumed office after a lengthy ballot count, and the event she’s scheduled for March 4 in Albany — headlined by Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her deputy, Mike Gianaris — is her first since taking office. Tickets for the event, held at Taste on North Pearl Street, range from $250 to $1,000 a head.

“Less than two months since taking office, Cece Tkaczyk is already pairing up with Mike Gianaris, the head of the New York City Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, for a $1000 a plate fundraiser to benefit the 2014 campaign she’s already focusing on. So much for spending time trying to help the hardworking families she claims to represent,” said David Laska, spokesman for the Republican State Committee, in a statement. “Once again, CeCe Tkaczyk is setting the bar high when it comes to hypocrisy. After all, she did run an entire campaign centered around getting money out of politics and then let George Soros’ son and the other forces of the extreme left pay for everything. We understand she is one of the most vulnerable members of the State Senate, but we didn’t expect her to abandon her self-professed principles quite so soon.”

Tkaczyk’s spokesman Jim Plastiras retorted:

“Instead of making ridiculous political attacks, the Republicans should join Senator Tkaczyk in fighting for real campaign finance reform.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: soros

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