You know, it used to be the case that if two New York politicians needed to settle a score, one could shoot the other in the gut. The contenders for Brooklyn district attorney aren't so quaint. Still, at least one is using the most familiar weapon in his arsenal: The lawsuit.
Wikimedia Commons. Brooklyn DA Charles "Joe" Hynes, not as visually compelling as Snooki.
Abe George is a candidate for Brooklyn DA (he's also published an op-ed here on Runnin' Scared) who believes that an upcoming CBS TV series about incumbent DA Charles "Joe" Hynes violates campaign finance law. Today, George and his political action committee are filing a complaint against Hynes and CBS, claiming that a "six-part news series" following the attorneys in Hynes' office and airing May 28 amounts to undisclosed publicity--a "contribution-in-kind" from CBS that adds up to much more than the legal $5,000 campaign contribution limit from corporations.
"They're going to say that this is a news program, and therefore it's exempt," George told the Voice. "We're saying it's an infomercial and therefore it's not exempt."More »