$pitzer Taking Heat For Campaign Fund$
April 6, 2006 at 6:53 PM (PT)
THE NEW YORK POST has a story where NEW YORK Attorney General ELIOT SPITZER's DEMOCRATIC gubernatorial campaign took in about $40,000 from some folks well connected to the music industry.
A $25,000 donation, the biggest one, came from PAUL FRIBOURG, who sits on the supervisory board of VIVENDI UNIVERSAL, the parent of UNIVERSAL MUSIC, which is under investigation, and is rumored to be settling with SPITZER's office very soon.
$10,000 more was donated from RICHARD SARNOFF, who is on the supervisory board of BERTELSMANN AG, part of SONY/BMG which reached a settlement in the payola probe.
Rival GOP spokesperson ANDREA TANTAROS said the issue "raises some serious ethical questions for the AG. Maybe it's time someone investigates whether MR. SPITZER has his own version of payola."
SPITZER campaign spokeswoman CHRISTINE ANDERSON said two donations had slipped through the vetting process and would be returned, but didn't meet the AG's no-donations criteria because both are merely board members of companies that are only linked to their music-group counterparts.