(Jen Chung) Yesterday, the FBI arrested State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran for their part in allegedly taking bribes to put Smith on the Republican mayoral ticket. Other members of the NYC Republican party were arrested—Vincent Tabone of Queens and Joseph (Jay) Savino of the Bronx—as well as two Rockland County Democrats (for a different corruption sting) leading U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to declare that there is "a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government."
An undercover FBI agent and a cooperating witness posed as developers who wanted to get their projects up and running. As the NY Times explains it, "The complaint described envelopes of cash trading hands in Manhattan hotel rooms and restaurants, payments of thousands of dollars to persuade Republican leaders in New York to put Senator Smith, from Queens, on the Republican ballot in November. The bribes were to be paid to obtain certificates authorizing him to run for mayor as a Republican even though he was a registered Democrat."