I have to admit I laughed a little when it was reported in GNN that the Niagara County Democrat Committee took a $1,000 donation from those accused of using massage parlors as a front for a prostitution ring. Actually, I thought Rivera's explanation was right on point: you can't vet everyone who sends a campaign committee money and if you find out that it's tainted you send it back.
Now, Rivera said the Dems don't have the cash to send back and we can debate the merits of that, but to somehow imply that the politicos did something wrong here is absurd. I thought the story was done.
But now there is today's Buffalo News. The article discusses a letter written by Assemblyman Schimminger to help the massage parlor expand in the Falls, it talks about real estate brokers, talks again about Rivera...and I ask, what is the story? Where is the news?
A massage parlor ring was a front. The culprits have been arrested and will be brought to justice. To try to start implying that people like Schimminger and Rivera should have known illegal activity was going on or should have been more diligent is patently absurd.
Unless you can show they somehow knew they were helping a shady operation...and there's zero proof of that...then this is simply some "gotcha journalism" that hurt the reputations of people who really had no role.