Meet New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. This piece of work is a Democrat and is in his first term. He is also the co-chairman of the Obama regime's mortgage fraud task force; therefore, he is working to get Obama re-elected. To assist the campaign, Schneiderman sent subpoenas as part of an investigation into private equity firms' executives getting management fees converted into investments in order to lessen the executives' tax burden. One of the firms stands out: Bain Capital.
But that isn't all on Schneiderman's plate. Long time Democrat New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez was involved in the Democrats' War on Women as he sexually harassed at least two of his female staffers. Although Lopez was censured, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, another Democrat and one of the major power brokers in New York State, decided the Assembly ethics committee shouldn't be bothered and decided to use taxpayer dollars to pay hush money through a secret agreement, complete with a confidentiality clause, to the two known women. And apparently, Obama's boy Schneiderman helped with the agreement, including the confidentiality clause. So here you have a state AG who is as ethically-challenged and as corrupt as Obama's own Attorney General, Eric Holder.
Returning to the subpoenas from Schneiderman, the New York Times assists the Obama regime with a front page story tying Bain with Romney frequently, and mentioning how wealthy Romney is (as if this isn't already known). There is nothing in the piece that states the tax strategy used by Bain, the other firms mentioned in the piece, and about a dozen other similar firms is illegal, noting that the IRS has known about such arrangements for 20 years and has never once set up any rules to disallow the practice or gone after any firm that does this. But that doesn't seem good enough for Obama (whose IRS is attached to the Treasury Department run by "Tax Cheat" Timmy Geithner); Obama tasked Schneiderman to abuse his office and go on a witch hunt, despite this fact:
The attorney general’s office does not have the power to enforce federal tax laws.
As I mentioned earlier, the Times goes out of its way to tie Romney with all this, although there is no mention of how long this tax strategy practice has been going on; but it does seem to admit its use is continuing. Being conspicuous for its absence, there is no mention at all of one of the guys who has been the Managing Director of Bain Capital since at least 2001 and would have had a say in the tax strategy during these years, Obama bundler Jonathon Lavine. But hey, when the New York Times is acting as a surrogate for the Democrat Party and Obama's re-election, such details would, oh, "muddy the waters" of what they are trying to accomplish.
But even the Times can't ignore Schneiderman's role in conspiring to allow Lopez off the hook. They tried here, saying this [emphasis mine]:
The Times also reported on Tuesday that the offices of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli were consulted before the settlement was paid.
On Wednesday night, Mr. Schneiderman’s office released new details about its contacts with the Assembly, saying one of its staff lawyers had consulted several times with a top Assembly lawyer over more than a week, and even provided a model agreement used by the attorney general’s office as a template for a variety of claims brought by state employees.
The Assembly’s settlement agreement in the Lopez matter, however, was quite different from the model provided by the attorney general’s office, and did not include a confidentiality clause. Aides to Mr. Schneiderman said they did not enter into secret settlements when handling litigation against the state and did not view a sexual harassment case as a compelling exception.
James Freedland, a spokesman for Mr. Schneiderman, said the staff lawyer had reviewed only drafts of the agreement and did not see the final settlement. Mr. Freeland said in a statement that the model agreement “included neither a confidentiality agreement nor any monetary terms.”
“The office of the attorney general did not represent the Assembly in its internal employment dispute and had no role in approving, negotiating or authorizing any settlement reached by the Assembly,” he added.
Mr. Schneiderman himself was never told of the matter, one of his aides said.
That last line sounds a lot like Holder regarding Fast & Furious, doesn't it?
Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is trying to wiggle out of any responsibility for the secret payout. That won’t be easy because an e-mail trail shows his office helped Silver craft the agreement and the confidentiality clause.
It counts as big news that the Attorney General’s Office played any role in conspiring to hide from taxpayers such seedy deals.
Even the Times, in an editorial that appeared in Friday's edition, couldn't ignore that aspect of the case. Along with that, the extremely powerful Democrat Assembly Speaker Silver might be throwing Schneiderman under the bus [emphasis mine]:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has issued a statement saying that it merely provided Mr. Silver with the usual advice and the model agreements used when complaints against the state are settled. Officials there contend that they knew nothing about a confidentiality clause.
Mr. Silver’s people say that the attorney general’s office was brought along virtually every step of the way, and the trail of newly released e-mails appears to back that up.
There have been calls for the State Joint Commission on Public Ethics to intervene, and it's possible they have been engaged. But three of the people on the commission are appointed by Democrat Assembly Speaker Silver, whose already gone to great lengths to slip this by the public, albeit unsuccessfully; I have a pretty good idea where this is going: nowhere. As noted by the New York Post piece, the Lopez case should have been handled by Democrat District Attorney for Brooklyn Charles Hynes, who conveniently stonewalled any investigation and deliberately ignored the matter. Fortunately, a judge turned the case over to a Staten Island Republican, D.A. Dan Donovan.
In the meantime, corrupt AG Schneiderman and the New York Times will continue on their merry way as Obama surrogates to smear Romney. Whether this gets any traction is anybody's guess. But I'm sure if MSLSD gets a hold of this story, they will scream RACISM!!! because they will make everything Romney has ever done was done because he is a RACIST!!!
Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.