[Being something of a skeptic about money donations by interested parties, I can’t help but worry about what J. Raymond Jones, Harlem Democratic leader in the late 1950s and 1960s, used to warn us about “getting off the plantation.”  Too often Harlem pols were ‘purchased’ by interested parties.  Ray made a point of bringing in real representatives such as Dinkins and Charlie Rangel.  The pr piece put out by Pinnacle features several supporting local pols:

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=danews.story&STORY=/www/story/01-09-2007/0004503047&EDATE=TUE+Jan+09+2007,+03:24+PM

This is published in a Texas paper.  An earlier version of the same text indicated that Pinnacle was the source.  Interesting how pr releases fly with the flocks across the country.  For those unfamiliar with this on-going story, Pinnacle was a small Brooklyn real estate operation that most recently has been expanding more widely in NYC where it is using various foul and fair tactics to evict poor renters to be replaced with luxury ones.  Ed Kent]

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Pinnacle Remains Unpopular Despite Gift
http://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2007/01/25/News/Pinnacle.Remains.Unpopular.Despite.Gift-2677455.shtml

“These nominations came on the heels of Pinnacle’s announcement that it would give a $500,000 grant toward the founding of the Harlem Senior Tenants and Landlords Reconciliation Center. The center, which will be administered by the Harlem Consumer Education Council, aims to educate Harlem’s elderly tenants, property managers, and landlords about their rights and obligations.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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