New York candidates under lightly regulated attack by unknown outsiders

Briefing: A mailer in Queens. (From a reader in Queens.)
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There's a ton of money being poured into close races all over the state. If you turn on your television, or open your mailbox, that's obvious. If you look at official records with the State Board of Elections filed by campaigns and outside organizations spending money here, it's not.

Many of those outside ads, as you can imagine, are misleading, and in some cases play on ethnic stereotypes (see the George Soros ad in Queens).

Bill Hammond has a column about state election officials not having rules in place to monitor and track how independent groups are spending money in New York races, despite Governor Andrew Cuomo urging them this past January to prepare for this situation. New York may be wide open when it comes to contributions and expenditures, but a little more disclosure ought to be doable, for a start.

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Quote

"Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all ..."—Dreg Studios

Polls

Cue bedwetting:  Pew poll released yesterday afternoon shows Mitt Romney leading President Obama 49 percent to 45 percent among likely voters. [Pew]

"[I]t’s one thing to give a poll a lot of weight, and another to become so enthralled with it that you dismiss all other evidence." [Nate Silver]

Chris Christie gets more A's and B's than ever before from New Jersey voters, even with a slight slip in the percentage that wants him re-elected. [Melissa Hayes]

From Capital

"Now, with a surging Romney speaking their language again, the shadow State Department is savoring a vindication." [Andrew Rice]

Bloomberg has quietly hosted fund-raisers for Sen. Claire McCaskill, Christie Vilsack, and Rep. Robert Dold in recent months, part of his quiet crusade this year against the Tea Party. [Reid Pillifant]

Obama and Romney should talk about urban issues, said the mayor, even-handedly. [Dana Rubinstein]

A shady, anonymous PAC sent out a mailer another misleading mailer, portraying billionaire financier George Soros as Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo's puppet master. [Azi Paybarah]

In Westchester's tight state senate race, Republicans took a Democrat's mailer, "corrected it" and sent it out to voters again. [Azi Paybarah]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City and Albany."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has no public schedule today.

2012

The Times picks up the Post's scoop about Rep. Michael Grimm's former business partner having ties to a mafia capo. [Alison Leigh Cowan]

Rep. Kathy Hochul is among the targets of a new $13.5 million spending spree by two Republican groups, American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund. [Alex Isenstadt]

Roll Call declaring Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle among the most vulnerable incumbents, did not go unnoticed. [9wsyr.com]

Chuck Schumer pushes the notion that a toxic Tea Party "may strengthen the hands of the mainstream conservatives" in a story about the death of moderates in Congress. [Jennifer Steinhauer]

Bill Clinton is everywhere. [Alexander Burns]

Paul Ryan abruptly ended a television interview in Flint, Michigan, saying a question was "kind of strange, trying to stuff words in people's mouths." [Andrew Kaczynski]

A columnist links Hugo Chavez's re-election to Mitt Romney's 47-percent remark, by saying, "Politicians who manufacture dependency typically benefit from it." [Bret Stephens]

Harold Ford Jr. to Jim Lehrer: "I think you did a fantastic job." [Morning Joe]

Brian Lehrer says "the job of president is not to match wits with opponents," and Jim Lehrer disagrees. [WNYC]

Obama defender: "Lincoln wasn't a great debater." [Sam Levin]

2013 / City Hall

Bloomberg said raising taxes on the rich was "as dumb a policy as I can think of" yesterday, but defended raising taxes on the rich when Governor Paterson proposed it in 2008. [Joe Coscarelli]

"Bloomberg Repeats Myth Of Higher Taxes = Rich People Exodus" [Christopher Robbins]

This headline says taxing the rich will be a "key issue" in the mayor's race. [Ivan Pereira]

Bloomberg said creating the job of inspector general for the NYPD will, basically, make New York City less safe. [David Seifman]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's office approved some of the $4,004 in taxpayer expenses requested by then-indicted councilman Larry Seabrook, who bought new computers and hired a progressional photographer. [Sally Goldenberg]

"Of the 25 current staffers serving Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, only 16 worked in the office before this year." [Andrew Hawkins and Chris Bragg]

Power broker Stanley Schlein and his partners own the rights to an undeveloped eyesore in the Bronx. [Michael Powell]

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said a grand jury will probably investigate why a detective shot and killed an unarmed motorist during a stop. [David Seifman]

The shooting victim is a 22-year-old member of the national guard with no criminal record. [Tamer el-Ghobashy and Michael Howard Saul]

Abu Hamza al-Masri, an alleged terrorist with al-Qaeda links, arrived in New York City on Saturday for trial without the fanfare and histrionics that surrounded a prior effort to hold a trial here for the 9/11 mastermind. [Bob Hennelly]

It's costing taxpayers $16,000 to replace al-Masri's hook-shaped artificial hands. [Josh Margolin and Bruce Golding]

Albany

Cuomo wants to talk about pay raises for legislators after the elections. [David Seifman]

Siena poll numbers yesterday "could now give the governor some political breathing room to endorse some Senate Republicans" like Mark Grisanti. [Tom Precious]

Senate Democrats "believe the GOP's lead will disappear when they begin a final blitz of campaign spending." [Jimmy Vielkind]

Cuomo endorsed Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., who is in a tight race, despite a 2-to-1 Democratic voter registration advantage in his district. [Thomas Kaplan]

Cuomo "has yet to set foot in Niagara Falls" since becoming governor, possibly because of the fight over legalizing non-Indian casinos. [Charlie Specht]

Cuomo wants more tourists upstate. [Ken Lovett]

Democratic assemblyman Matt Titone beat his Republican opponent Paul Saryian in an Independence Party primary, by 15 votes. [Tom Wrobleski]

The Association of Counties wants mandate relief, something the Cuomo administration has said is a key priority. [Jessica Bakeman]

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