This Mayor Knew He Was Receiving Illegal Donations, Did Nothing

“Listen, I don’t know, I don’t want to know. Just do what you’ve got to do.”

Former donor Harendra Singh testified on Thursday that those were the words of Bill de Blasio in response to Singh offering illegal contributions to the New York mayor’s campaign.

As part of the dual corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Oyster Bar Town Supervisor John Venditto, Singh is currently serving as the star witness.

Singh has already pleaded guilty to bribing de Blasio, and accepted a plea deal to testify in the trial of Mangano and Venditto. Defense attorneys for the two accused say Singh, a former restauranteur, can’t be trusted.

According to Singh, he raised somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000 for de Blasio, detailing how he’d thrown free fundraisers for the mayor and presented funds via the use of “straw donors” — contributors who give money to campaigns and are reimbursed by the actual donors — an illegal mechanism used to skirt campaign finance laws. (Read more from “This Mayor Knew He Was Receiving Illegal Donations, Did Nothing” HERE)

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