Unpaid Brooklyn district leader living large in Park Slope
A district leader is a volunteer position, anyone familiar with NYC politics knows. Yet, Jacob Gold, a district leader who represents Park Slope, Ditmas Park and nearby areas, has spent more than $132,432 during the past 10 years on car payments, clothing, perfume, restaurants, sporting events and cigars – all with campaign funds — according to the New York Post.
Betsy Gotbaum, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens Union, told the Post that Gold’s spending “should be investigated” by the Board of Elections. Gold, a real estate agent and former schoolteacher, replied to the charges by saying that the sports tickets and the perfume bottles were prizes and gifts for people attending politics-related events, that the restaurant expenses were legitimate because politics was discussed at those dinners, and that the car payments were “nothing out of the ordinary.”
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