Who Owns George Maziarz

3 Aug


In recent weeks, Rus Thompson of Albany’s Insanity has made a big show of listing out what union groups and PAC’s have made significant contributions to Democrats like Lynn Marinelli, Maria Whyte, Antoine Thompson, et al.

The purpose, of course, is to demonstrate that these dirty Democrats do not represent the interests of voters and instead are malleable pawns of the lobbying groups.  However, Rus has yet to list one of these “Who Owns…” segments featuring a Republican (aside from convenient enemy Dale Volker) and I thought it might be time to balance it out.  Let’s pick one at random, perhaps…State Senator George Maziarz.

Alright, it’s not random at all.  George is a “mentor” of Rus’s as he is a frequent guest at the tea party rallies, anti-Albany protests and generally talks a big game as he opposes “big” government and irresponsible spending.

One would then assume that ol’ Georgie boy is clean when it comes to campaign contributions as he is a man of principle!  A man of the people!  Opposed to public unions and the damage they have done to the republic, liberty and good tax paying citizens all over New York State!  A true champion for upstate citizens against the downstate interests who are destroying the very fabric of our state!

Right?  Well, not really.

Search campaign contributions here.

Since 2001, State Senator George Maziarz (FAIL, Niagara Falls) has accepted the following total contributions:

1199 SEIU – $14500

AFSCME – $6450

ASGM PAC (NY Workers Compensation Lobby) – $17,500

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers PAC – $6,600

Building & Trades Council (The guys who want union apprentice laws) – $2,200

NYSHFA (Nursing Home Association) – $14,300

Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters – $3,700

Empire State Association of Adult Homes (Nursing Home People) – $24,700

FAIR PAC (Healthcare) – $3,500

HANYS PAC (New York State Hospital and Healthcare Association) – $8,200

NY State Association of Healthcare Providers – $13,150

IBEW – $31,815

International Union of Operating Engineers – $13,000

Laborers’ International Union of North America – $27,450

Lawyers Political Action Committee of New York – $18,900

NY AFL-CIO – $14,700

I could continue, but I’ve got other shit to do and I think you get the point. I could keep tallying up all the donations from healthcare interest groups, medical professionals, energy industry groups, unions (public and private), and trade associations, but I’ll literally be here for hours. Each and every one of these groups is fighting to keep much of the NY healthcare infrastructure in place, as is. The others are looking for favorable votes when it comes to union specific legislation. It’s nothing new.

In the end, the purpose is to point out the intellectual dishonesty of highlighting contributions made to Democrats by public interest groups, specifically from labor and public unions. Especially when all of these same interest groups show up on the contributor list for the Republicans as well.

Can we just stop pretending that Albany FAIL is a partisan issue? I know that Rus likes to protest Sen. Dale Volker because everyone thinks he’s a useless prag, but using him to prove your bipartisan bonafides and deflect criticism that you’re not evenly distributing the criticism is just dishonest.

George Maziarz, who voted for the Pataki budgets and has accepted millions of dollars in political contributions from public unions and other associated PACs is just as responsible for the mess in New York State as Antoine Thompson or Crystal Peoples.

So, I guess we’ll see Rus and his protesters out at the next Maziarz fundraiser, right?

If you want to follow the mone and connect the dots on how money raised is used to influence legislation in Albany, follow bill progress at SunlightNY.

5 Responses to “Who Owns George Maziarz”

  1. Pauldub August 4, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    Grand Island ?????

  2. Chris Smith August 4, 2009 at 8:39 am #

    Sorry, Paul. Since I started out talking about Rus, I had Grand Island on the brain.

  3. Pauldub August 4, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    Ummm – Antoine has the city of Niagara Falls.
    Sorry about being a dick, all in the interests of accurate reporting.

  4. mike hudson August 5, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    it’s a funny thing because everyone thinks that george represents niagara falls when, as paul pointed out, he doesn’t. still he gets more done for the falls than antoine or his predecessor, byron brown, ever did, which is probably the cause of the confusion. i’m not quite sure antoine even knows how to get here.

  5. Pauldub August 5, 2009 at 9:48 am #

    He has done events in the Falls. He gets there by driving over grand island without even slowing down, let alone making an appearance on the Island, which is also part of his district

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