Mayor de Blasio’s chief marketing campaign fund-raiser received a free Caribbean lodge keep from one of many mayor’s prime donors, testimony revealed Monday.
The allegation was made by Jona Rechnitz, 34, the Brooklyn businessman who raised $193,000 for the mayor and repeatedly sought favors from Metropolis Corridor.
Rechnitz, testifying for the third day within the bribery trial of a union boss, stated he gifted the mayor’s shut aide, Ross Offinger, by secretly paying for his lodge within the Dominican Republic.
“When he was away on trip within the Dominican Republic, I paid for his lodge keep,” Rechnitz stated when Assistant U.S. Lawyer Martin Bell requested if he’d ever given something “private” to Offinger.
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Offinger is one among de Blasio’s prime aides. Since October 2013, he has been paid both by the mayor’s marketing campaign or his now-defunct nonprofit, Marketing campaign for One New York, as a fund-raiser.
He was one in every of a handful of aides who prompt candidates for political appointments to the mayor. He’s getting about $10,000 a month as fund-elevating advisor for de Blasio’s 2017 reelection.
On Monday, de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips stated the mayor had not spoken with Offinger concerning the free lodge because it got here to mild.
“The mayor wasn’t conscious of it and positively wouldn’t have authorised of it,” Phillips stated. “The necessary factor to recollect is that Mr. Offinger wasn’t a authorities worker and didn’t make selections at any degree for metropolis authorities.”
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A spokesman for the mayor’s marketing campaign, Dan Levitan, stated the lodge present may have no impression on Offinger’s employment by the mayor’s reelection committee.
“Ross is a finance advisor to the marketing campaign, and there are not any modifications deliberate,” he stated. “All of this has been completely examined by a number of businesses, and the issues have been all closed with no motion taken.”
Rechnitz was not requested when he paid Offinger’s lodge invoice, however he’s stated he was launched to the mayor by Offinger in October 2013.
Since then, he raised $forty one,000 for the mayor’s 2013 marketing campaign, donated $50,000 to the mayor’s nonprofit, and wrote a $102,300 examine he says was personally solicited by the mayor for a failed 2014 effort to flip the state…