Courtesy of NYPost.com

I know we already posted today about State Senator Carl Kruger, but I just came across this article in Courier-Life exposing the extravagance of that shyster, and his smugness in rebutting it.

Kruger’s been dipping into his $2.1 million campaign war chest – the largest in the State Legislature – to pay for all kinds of crud unrelated to getting reelected. Of course, it’s been a longtime tradition for state representatives to use leftovers from their reelection campaigns to fund a more comfortable living situation, but the shocking degree to which Kruger is making it rain shows just how far out of touch he is with his constituents.

Here are just some of the expenses, according to Courier-Life:

  • $8,630 on hotels
  • $13,000 on restaurants
  • $8,939 on his car
  • $302 on his iTunes account

Now, I won’t deny the man his iTunes account. You can’t get re-elected when you’re all wound up, so Kruger needs to chill out in his overpriced hotel room with an iPod full of Diana Ross, Village People and Justin Bieber.

But the real expenses that make me suspicious are the combined $90,000 he spent on his Avenue U and East 22nd Street office. Not only is it illegal to use your district office for campaigning, but the inexplicable amounts he spent on certain items appears inflated, making one wonder where the heck that money is really going.

Just take a look:

  • More than $23,000 on office furniture
  • Nearly $1,000 for plumbing in his office bathroom
  • $288 on bathroom supplies
  • $540.65 on door mats
  • $4,700 for paint and wallpaper (two of the walls have floor-to-ceiling windows)
  • $4,844 on tiles (his office is carpeted)
  • $545 for landscaping (the office has no lawns or gardens)
  • $10,500 to a “New Jersey air conditioning and heating system company with two different addresses — one of which doesn’t exist”

So what did this greed-ball have to say about it when Courier-Life contacted him? Kruger boasted that his office was “beautiful” and that “not a dime of taxpayer money was used.”

There’s a lot of belly-aching about the incompetence of our state legislators, and many of them need to go. But Kruger exceeds all of them when it comes to greed, corruption and arrogance. He’s got to be the first to go – multi-million dollar campaign budget or not.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Oh, he is quite the clever one isn't he. Act as if everything is on the up and up. It's perfectly okay to divert monies that contributors thought were being used for campaign expenses.

    Oh wait, these were “blood” payments.

    I wonder if the senator bought a wine red carpet.

  • Mr. King

    Perhaps we should start asking questions about the big picture…

    Do we need a Referendum For A New Democracy?

    Are you concerned about the future of democracy? Do you feel democracy is under attack by extreme greed in countries around the world? Are you sick and tired of: living in fear, corporate greed, growing police state, government for the rich, working more but having less?

    Can we use both elections and random selection (in the way we select government officials) to rid democracy of undue influence by extreme wealth and wealth-dominated mass media campaigns?

    The world's first democracy (Athenian democracy, 600 B.C.) used both elections and random selection. Even Aristotle (the co-founder of Western thought) promoted the use random selection as the best way to protect democracy. The idea of randomly selecting (after screening) juries remains from Athenian democracy, but not randomly selecting (after screening) government officials. Why is it used only for individual justice and not also for social justice? Who wins from that? …the extremely wealthy?

    What is the best way to combine elections and random selection to protect democracy in today's world? Can we use elections as the way to screen candidates, and random selection as the way to do the final selection? Who wins from that? …the people?

  • BUSTED

    All I wanted was some poison ivy removed from an area near a school and playground.. It was still there after I made a few trips to Kruger's office last year.
    Never did see the man himself. For that simple reason (along with accusations that appear true on paper) I do not like the man.
    I will go as far as to say I put him right up there with the bloomin idiot mayor. tyvm.

  • bigbrother

    To be fair the door mats were LV door mats, sounds like he got a bargain on them.

  • aherring

    Ned, Tom Tracy writes in that story that Kruger, 'with no viable competition this year…' Could you clear this up for us? Is Igor running or not? By 'viable' do you think Tracy's writing Oberman off because he hasn't raised as much money? Thanks.

  • http://www.bksouthie.com/ Brian Hedden | BK Southie

    Maybe Igor is the one who needs to clear that up. Taking a quick look at his web site, there isn't a 'press' update since early May. If you mean to convince the public at large that you're a viable candidate, that's not the way to do it.

    I don't mean to hate on the guy, but I'm not convinced he's working as hard as he needs to in order to knock off an incumbent Senator. Simply being someone besides Carl Kruger won't cut it in a district gerrymandered to guarantee Carl Kruger's reelection.

  • Terrds9ssodxsxor

    Is anyone surprised?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    He should be carefully reminding people that he is opposing Kruger in the primary, that there is a choice, and it does not have to be a Republican one.

    Maybe he needs help. I'm not even sure how he is faring with a petition drive.

  • aherring

    I know. I've checked his web site & there's nothing new there.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    Random selection was an interesting experiment, but I'd rather see government run by qualified professionals. In these times the average person would be overwhelmed with the gravity of what needs to be done to save our entire planet from extinction. The economic system is headed for a final meltdown, and a new one needs to be constructed to replace it. The Tea Party buffoons are not up to it, the professional politicians are clueless, the financial experts got it all wrong until certain realities became too obvious to ignore, so where do we find the geniuses to get us out of our various messes? I'm not sure, but I do know we need geniuses now.

  • Tim in the bay

    The three Amigo's are not out of touch with the constituents living in Sheepshead Bay. Remember when Kruger, Nelson and Scavo moved quickly to protect the quality of life for us all. Even if it was Good Friday they still needed to hold a press conference outside Lundy's protecting us from Cherry Hill sending people out onto Emmons Ave. with groceries.
    Is it just a matter of time before the three Amigo's ride again in protecting the quality of life in Sheepshead Bay? This time they won't be alone, their constituents have formed a group “Bay People” and created a website. The three Amigo's can hold press conference with the “Bay People”. Let us know how they feel about the quality of life in Sheepshead Bay when a Mosque is built in a residential neighborhood.
    It may be hard for the three Amigo's because the “Bay People” request the people remain polite and tolerant.

  • Lizzie

    How about giving us more information about Oberman. I'd vote for him in a heartbeat

  • Tim in the bay

    The three Amigo's are not out of touch with the constituents living in Sheepshead Bay. Remember when Kruger, Nelson and Scavo moved quickly to protect the quality of life for us all. Even if it was Good Friday they still needed to hold a press conference outside Lundy's protecting us from Cherry Hill sending people out onto Emmons Ave. with groceries.
    Is it just a matter of time before the three Amigo's ride again in protecting the quality of life in Sheepshead Bay? This time they won't be alone, their constituents have formed a group “Bay People” and created a website. The three Amigo's can hold press conference with the “Bay People”. Let us know how they feel about the quality of life in Sheepshead Bay when a Mosque is built in a residential neighborhood.
    It may be hard for the three Amigo's because the “Bay People” request the people remain polite and tolerant.

  • Lizzie

    How about giving us more information about Oberman. I'd vote for him in a heartbeat

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  • Ray Johnson

    Campaign funds must be kept separate. As for the official office spending, definitely some of those expenses need to be checked out. Every politician should have a team of low-income people who meet once a week to approve every purchase.

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  • mark

    Vote for Avrahom Rosenberg get rid of this Corrupted man

  • Allan Goldenberg

    Thank you for excellent reporting on Carl Crooker. He really is the single most corrupt politician in Albany, and that’s saying something!

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