MANHATTAN - Tali Farhadian Weinstein is trying to buy the Manhattan district attorney’s office, plain and simple. What Farhadian Weinstein misses is that while airwaves and mailboxes are crowded with dozens of candidates, Quart for DA’s volunteer team has knocked on over a quarter of a million doors, having quality conversations with voters excited about Dan Quart’s record of reform and vision for the office.
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But the vast majority of money Farhadian Weinstein raised — roughly $8.2 million — came from one donor: Tali Farhadian Weinstein.
[...] Weinstein’s Saba Capital Management has made a mint during the COVID-19 pandemic, which the couple and their three daughters reportedly rode out in their $13 million home in the Hamptons.
[...] Farhadian Weinstein’s 11th-hour cash infusion elicited disdain from other campaigns. State Assemblymember Dan Quart said Farhadian Weinstein was “trying to buy this seat, plain and simple.”
[...] “In the prosecutors’ office you would hope that the political machine, nor the money machine, should be controlling the outcomes,” Sheinkopf said. “Bob Morgenthau is probably rolling over in his grave,” he added, referring to the late Manhattan prosecutor who held the office for 34 years.
[...] Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, which advocates for government accountability and transparency, called the 11th hour campaign contributions “anti-democratic.”