But this keeps Lynch in good stead with the Democrats statewide.
So, when this guy loses, I'm going to presume that a lot, if not most, of his campaign money will go to deBlasio, so essentially, THE PBA IS DONATING MONEY TO BILL DEBLASIO FOR MAYOR.
Here's how it works: deBlasio gives a mediocre contract with minimal raises to the cops; with the raise in pay, the PBA dues go up, and money from that raise go to pay for a Democrat...but not the Democrat who is going to win. Then, when everything is said and done, and this guy, Avella, announces his "full support" for deBlasio, including some money from his campaign coffers to the deBlasio war chest. And it's all legal.
In the criminal world, they call it "money laundering." In politics, they call it, "pay to play."
The Democrats are happy, deBlasio's happy, and, above all, Lynch has cover.
If they wanted to send a real message, they'd donate to the Republican, win or lose. But we MUST placate the state's Democrat Party. After all, Lynch isn't going to be a cop forever........
Biggest NYPD Union Funding Longshot Challenger to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association—representing the NYPD’s 23,000 “white shield” police officers—made the maximum permissible contribution to an eccentric conservative Democrat challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio in the September primary, according to the latest financial reports filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board.
The union, led by the strident Patrick Lynch, was one of only two donors to give the full $4,950 to Queens State Senator Tony Avella‘s dark horse candidacy for Gracie Mansion. Lynch and his labor organization have long been at odds with de Blasio, particularly over the liberal mayor’s close ties to Rev. Al Sharpton, his allegations of systemic racism in American policing, his opposition to more generous raises and disability benefits for rank-and-file cops and his public recollection of warning his half-African-American son Dante about the dangers officers might pose.After the racially inspired killing of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in late 2014, the PBA president claimed the mayor had “blood on the hands.” He later defended the cops who turned their backs on de Blasio at the fallen patrolmen’s funerals.