Obama discloses his bundlers, and finds one from NY is accused of fraud

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A Brooklyn-based bundler named Abake Assongba donated, along with her husband, $50,000 to President Barack Obama's campaign. Assongba, it turns out, also stands accused by a Florida businessman of stealing $650,000.

Anyone can file a lawsuit and Assongba hasn't been convicted of anything. But the lawsuit isn't helpful to the campaign, which is the only one this year that has released a list of its bundlers and which, notably, is relying on many different ones than it did four years ago.

Obama isn't the first president the couple has cozied up to.

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2012

Obama campaign officials won't say if they'll return donations from New York bundler Abake Assongba, who is accused in a lawsuit of stealing $650,000. [Jack Gillum]

2013

Thompson is rehiring Geoff Garin and Doc Sweitzer, but is the campaign taking the right lessons from 2009? [Kate Taylor]

"Bill Thompson is a weasel for trying to squirm out of a half-million-dollar fine" [Daily News]

"I see myself particularly in the Mike Bloomberg mold," said Tom Allon, who is considering switching to the Republican Party. [Michael Howard Saul]

Flasbhack: Allon also described himself as a "Cuomo Democrat" and found a few points of disagreement with the current Bloomberg administration. [Observer]

NY-06

The Working Families Party makes its endorsement decision today. [Chris Bragg]

NY-13

Adriano Espaillat announced he'll run against Rep. Rangel, with Keith Wright, Ydanis Rodriguez and Robert Jackson in the room, during a meeting of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan. [Carla Zanoni]

Espaillat reportedly pledged to support the club's founder, Mark Levine, as his successor, which is angering Assemblyman Guillermo Linares. [David Seifman]

Flashback: Levine is on Espaillat's petitions. [Capital]

A Super PAC may make a target out of Rangel. [Andrew Grossman]

Rangel's spokesman declined to comment on Adriano Espaillat's formal entrance into the race. [John Lauinger]

Rangel, through a spokesman, said he'll serve a full term. [Darius Dixon]

NY-21

The state Conservative Party chairman is still backing Rep. Matt Doheny, despite the photo and video of him cozying up to a woman who is not his fiancee. [Carl Campanile]

City Hall

New taxis will have "a brighter yellow paint" and the interior will "include yellow stitching and a yellow trim on the seat belt." [Michael Grynbaum]

Deputy Mayor Robert Steel wanted to end SEEDCO's contract after false employment data was revealed, but Deputy Mayor Linda Gibb opposed the move. [David Seifman]

Despite Bloomberg's request, federal officials are not upwardly revising the city's census figures. [Matt Flegnheimer]

Albany

The newly passed budget gives Cuomo too much control, one editorial page says. [New York Times]

It's news that the state budget was passed during regular business hours. [Rick Karlin]

To curb the number of arrests in the city, the legislature should make "public possession" of a small amount of marijuana "a violation instead of a misdemeanor." [New York Times]

Health Care

The mandate to buy health insurance solved a political problem for Obama, but left his legislation vulnerable to a court challenge. [Ross Douthat]

Media

"Goldman has held a significant stake in a company notorious for ties to sex trafficking." [Nicholas Kristoff]

Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins recall New York scandals and give Al D'Amato a dubious honor. [New York]

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With Angela Lansbury, "one of the greatest actresses of our time on state or screen". [Rep. Carolyn Maloney]