State Senator Kruger has finally given an accounting of how the Nov. 19th protest was funded. Jotham Sederstrom of the New York Daily News got the scoop:
"I paid for it all out of my campaign fund," said Kruger, whose move forced city officials to cancel the jam-packed meeting at Coney Island Hospital.
"I bought the hats, made the signs, printed the leaflets and paid for the buses. I financed the entire thing."
It is unclear why Kruger remained quiet about this for so long. His silence only served to raise speculation that the protest may have been funded- directly or indirectly- by Thor Equities.
The Gowanus Lounge points out that "According to state campaign finance regulations, campaign committee spending has to be related to running for office or holding public office. No complaints have been filed, but any that are will be investigated."
Frankly though, it looks like Kruger may not, in fact, have been misusing his campaign committee funds. If the primary motivation behind the Nov. 19th protest was for Kruger to begin promoting himself for the 2009 election for borough president, than the use of campaign money was all too appropriate. State Sen. Carl Kruger paid for protest to target hearing on Coney project [Daily News]
Mystery Solved: Kruger Paid for Coney Island Protest [Gowanus Lounge]