John Liu's Former Consultants Later Lobbied for City Pension Fund Deal, Report Says
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Political consultants who helped run city Comptroller John Liu’s campaign are now lobbying for money managers who want a piece of the city's $103 billion pension fund, which Liu’s office controls, the New York Post reported Sunday.
The consultants work for Bill Lynch Associates, which Liu reportedly paid $95,000 last year in his bid for office.
The Post obtained e-mails between Lynch Lobbyist Luther Smith and Liu advisor Eric Eve.
"I hope you can move these requests along," Smith allegedly wrote to Eve in an e-mail. "I'm only requesting meetings (which we won't attend) and neither of these individuals are clients at this time."
Smith reportedly contacted Eve after failing to set up a meeting through lower-level comptroller’s office employees.
Liu’s office told the Post there haven’t been any meetings between their office and the lobbying firm.
"Mr. Eve did not ask for nor facilitate any meetings between the companies and the comptroller's office," Liu spokeswoman Sharon Lee reportedly said.
The allegations by the Post come after former comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty to accepting $1 million in gifts in exchange for access to city pension money.
"The comptroller will have to weather concerns that he's mixing politics and business," NYPIRG’s Gene Russianoff told the Post.