From the Frum Follies archives two years ago (8/9/13)
On July 23rd Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes estimated a take of $7,500 from a fundraiser with Hasidim hosted by Boro Park Hasid, Ben Barber .
It was at this fundraiser on July 29 that he declared himself a “real shabbos goy” meaning someone who could anticipate and deliver prohibited acts to his orthodox constituents without even being asked.
At the same event, Hynes made a point of saying he was not asking for money, but mentioned how it was necessary for a campaign. But another email from February by Henna White makes it clear that he conceived of these sort of events as fundraisers and used office staff, on office time, on office email to arrange these events.
Hasidim routinely talk about funneling fantastic sums on the scale of a half a million or more to candidates. Apparently the sums are much lower and their power is primarily based on votes and political maneuvering, not raw cash.
It is a mistake to ponder whether Hynes conducted political activity with the resources of the DA’s office. Under Hynes the DA’s office and his political operation were one and the same thing. That mentality was so pervasive that many attorneys who should have known better could not even be bothered to take the precaution of using private email accounts for campaign work. And why should they have? They correctly understood their bosses message: “We are a political operation that also prosecutes.”