This Man Was Obama’s Chief of Staff: Crony Capitalism, U.S. Style

Mike the Mad Biologist

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who used to be Presidential Chief of Staff Emanuel, has a slight ethics problem (boldface mine):

Months after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said budget constraints forced him to push for pension cuts and mass school closures, an analysis of government documents reveals the city has $1.71 billion in special accounts often used to finance corporate subsidies. While the Emanuel administration has rejected open records requests for details of the subsidies, evidence suggests at least some of them have flowed to companies connected to Emanuel’s campaign donors

In 2013, as Emanuel was pushing to spend $125 million of taxpayer money on a stadium development deal for a private university, the mayor said the need for budget savings compelled him to order the largest public school closing in American history. The budget mandating those school closures included a $68 million cut to classroom programs….

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