The Face of Cronyism

Via Reason:

Billionaire John Catsimatidis is NY: Geraldo Rivera Hosts Wife Erica's 40th Birthday Partyworking to slip a biofuel mandate that would add $150 million to New Yorkers’ heat expenses into the state budget just as a company he owns completes construction of the largest biofuel plant in the region.

The New York Post reports that Catsimatidis’ lobbyists are putting the pressure on State senators to slip a provision that would require all heating oil sold in New York to contain “2 percent or more of soybean oil and/or spent vegetable oils.”

He is a close friend of the Clintons.  Expect a total crony feeding fest should Hillary get elected President,


  1. Nimrod:

    But it is the religious duty of all devout marxist zero-sum conflict theory believers to vote for Hillary simply because she's a woman and a woman must be elected, even if she's extremely corrupt, in order to ensure "social justice".

    All corruption must be accepted FOR GREAT JUSTICE!!!

  2. Onlooker from Troy:

    He may not make it to feed at that trough. Somebody needs to introduce this guy to a low carb diet.

  3. mesaeconoguy:

    Expect a total crony feeding fest should when Hillary gets elected President.

    Fixed it for you.

  4. HenryBowman419:

    The fellow resembles Jabba the Hut.

  5. markm:

    His bio-fuel reserves are close to his heart - and closer to his belt buckle.

    Was that too nasty? I'd usually censor myself when I thought of a remark like that, but I can't even define "too nasty" for someone who uses political connections to doubly disadvantage the poor - raising the price of their heat (it's usually the poor whose houses are heated by an outdated oil furnace) and taking food off the market.

    As for his political connections, they seem to be strongest with the party that pretends to like the poor... Not that I blame him for tilting left when buying politicians. In the state of New York, you aren't going to get anything done politically without getting leftists to sign on.

  6. esoxlucius:

    All you have is a cartoon picture of him? What does he really look like?

  7. Nimrod:

    Notice the correlation between RGDP/Cap and corruption:

  8. obloodyhell:

    He is a close friend of the Clintons. Expect a total crony feeding fest should Hillary get elected President...

    As opposed to the total crony feeding fest under the *current* PotUS?

    Both sides are corrupt. But when the GOP is in charge, the media actually DOES ITS JOB and looks for shit like this.

    So either way, it's generally better when the GOP is in charge.

  9. irandom419:

    Everything Republicans do is a war on the poor, but nothing Democrats do is. This coupled with intermittent energy mandates is truly a war on the poor to me, but no one will say anything in the media.

  10. pegr:

    Why would a billionaire look like a blobfish?

  11. Mercury:

    Gosh, this sounds a lot like another Clinton crony who (after running Fannie Mae into the ground) filed a fucking patent on the mechanism (apparently not to be confused with a “market”) by which a future, mandatory carbon credit trading platform will be forced to operate on:

  12. MNHawk:

    Daddy's billions can by his ugly daughter enough enhancements, though, to attract presidents.

  13. skhpcola:

    religious duty of all devout marxist zero-sum conflict theory believers to vote for Hillary simply because she's a woman

    Nah. They are impelled to vote for her because she's a D-bag with similar goals to theirs. To wit: continuing the destruction of the US that Ozero began. These people would never vote for, say, a Mia Love.

  14. skhpcola:

    They have the money and got the daughter fixed up, so why doesn't the momma go get some rhinoplasty and dental work. Outside of Hollyweird, leftists are generally ugly people...and a lot of Hollyweird is, too.

  15. Matthew Slyfield:

    You shouldn't be so insulting towards .....

    Jabba the Hut. :-)