Despite his condemnations of excessive spending of the taxpayers' money, Carl Paladino had little problem spending more than his better-funded opponent on staff and consultants, according to a NYPIRG analysis carried by the News.
"Paladino reported spending $75,962 on workers' salaries - and $730,433 on more than two dozen consultants," the review says.
Nearly two weeks ago, the Times had a more comprehensive story that pointed out something more unusual: "Of the $3.8 million that Mr. Paladino, a Republican, had spent as of Sept. 27, nearly $2 million has gone to companies he owns or controls, records show — most of it to a company he set up to produce his own television and Internet advertisements."
It went on to quote Paladino's campaign manager Michael Caputo:
“When we get an owner’s rate at the Staybridge Suites, it’s like a 30 percent discount,” he said, referring to one of the hotels Mr. Paladino owns. “Is being a businessman an unfair advantage? Yes, it is.”
But Mr. Caputo insisted that the rates the businesses charged were not so low as to break state election law. “Carl has partners in all these businesses, and it wouldn’t be fair for him to run his campaign on the backs of his partners,” he said. “They’re in it to make money. You can see what their consternation would be if we were not paying for this stuff.”