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November 11, 2013


What Happens When the Mayor Can't Buy Everyone Off?

Ben Smith: "One of Mike Bloomberg's signal accomplishments in New York City was reversing the flow of corruption. In the old days, and in every other city in the world most days, favor-seekers bribe politicians -- with cash in envelopes, with legal contributions, or with political support. In Mike Bloomberg's New York, the mayor bribed you, buying the silence or cooperation of individuals, cultural organizations, and social service groups with hundreds in millions of dollars spent on small personal favors -- a legal payment here, a medical procedure there -- and charitable contributions."

"As a liberal Democrat, Bill de Blasio's biggest challenge when he takes power in January will not be keeping crime down or funding an ambitious expansion of early education. It will be dealing with the explosion of Bloomberg's machine after the grease of money is gone and the gears start sticking."














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