2012-07-27 / Top Stories

Report: Smith Used Campaign Cash For Trips

By Howard Schwach

State Senator Malcolm Smith, who now represents Rockaway, has used tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to fund pricy trips and fancy automobiles, according to a published report in the New York Daily News and corroborated by campaign finance filings.

The Daily News report, written by reporter Glenn Blain, says that Smith drained more than $41,000 from his campaign chest for airfare, rental cars and hotel stays in several cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Montreal, Chicago, Tampa, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Campaign records show that Smith’s campaign paid for rounds of golf, barbeque dinners and a meeting at Big Daddy’s Liquors in San Antonio, Texas.

“With all that time traveling, did he spend any time in Albany,” quipped Dick Dadey, of the watchdog Citizen’s Union, to Blain. “His liberal use of campaign funds for travel to far-flung locations just shows how bad our campaign finance laws are in New York State.”

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