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The first things I noticed when I got to the St. Regis Hotel in Midtown Manhattan were the unmarked police cars out front. I wondered if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had already gone inside.
That might make casually strolling into his ,000-per-couple fund-raiser on the top floor a little more complicated.
The whole event had been a closely-guarded secret. The invitation included a date and a time but no location. To find out where it was happening, an R.S.V.P. was needed. Or, in my case, a helpful source.
I had made plans to show up at the fund-raiser a few weeks earlier when I was reporting on an article about what people often call “the circuit” in Albany: simultaneous fund-raisers that take place within walking distance of the State Capitol when the Legislature is in session.
During that reporting, I learned that Mr. Cuomo would be having a fund-raiser in New York City on March 14. The timing struck me: The governor and state lawmakers would be in the midst of deciding the state budget, due on April 1. At the very least, it seemed like a convenient time to ask people for political contributions.
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I guessed that some of those who would be donating to Mr. Cuomo — like those who go on the circuit in Albany — would have a strong financial stake in various elements of the budget. I wanted to know who would be there.
I began to ask around to find the address and eventually learned that the somewhat cloak-and-dagger affair would be held in a space on the 20th floor of the St. Regis, a luxury hotel where the cheapest rooms run about ,000.
Cocktails were at 6 p.m., dinner 30 minutes later. The governor would be making a speech.
I knew that I would not be able to sit for dinner without a ticket, but hoped that I could blend in with the crowd for cocktails. So the evening of the event, March 14, I wore a suit, boarded the E train and set off.
Naturally, the subway was delayed.
When I got to the hotel, I walked straight inside, asked for The Roof — which is actually an indoor ballroom-style space — and took the elevator up with a couple of French tourists.
Once on the 20th floor, I immediately ran into a lobbyist I knew, who seemed surprised to see me. Because of the train delay, I arrived at about 6:15 p.m. and many of the guests had already entered. There was no way to blend in with the crowd because there was no crowd; just a phalanx of young staff at a check-in table.
I had no choice but to introduce myself.
“Hi, I’m David Goodman with The New York Times. Can I go inside?”
No way, one man said. News media not allowed.
I asked to speak to a press person, but none was available. I asked the staffers who they were with and they said “the campaign.” I asked for what Mr. Cuomo was campaigning. President in 2020? Re-election in 2022?
They could not say.
Before I turned to go, I noticed the table in front of me had the name tags of more than 30 invited guests. I took out my phone and snapped a picture, thinking I would be told to stop. No one said anything. I took two more and then left.
After that, I posted on Twitter about the event but did not let on that I had names of some of the guests.
The list proved to be a gold mine. I began looking into each name.
Some I recognized, like John Catsimatidis, the politically-involved supermarket magnate. Others were unfamiliar. I began with simple web searches to find out who they might be. Then I called them and asked if they had attended. If they did, I got them to describe the scene as they remembered it. A few were invited but said they did not attend.
There were executives whose companies are right now lobbying the state. There were union heads with ongoing state business. Joining them at the fund-raiser was the state budget director, who, Mr. Cuomo’s staff said, happened to be in New York City that day.
For most who were there, the fund-raiser was an unremarkable event.
But for me, its very banality for those involved was the reason to show readers, who might never attend such an event, what it entails. This sort of thing, perfectly legal but held in secret, is commonplace in the American political system — one big-dollar fund-raiser among many.B:
马会推荐足球场维护【飘】【忽】【的】【灯】【光】【照】【映】【出】，【石】【砌】【地】【面】【上】【有】【着】【三】【道】【黑】【色】【的】【倒】【影】。 【一】【道】【是】【于】【驰】【的】【影】【子】，【另】【外】【两】【道】【都】【从】【顾】【俊】【身】【上】【倒】【出】，【一】【道】【正】【常】，【另】【一】【道】【却】【歪】【斜】【地】【分】【裂】【在】【旁】【边】。 【顾】【俊】【心】【中】【瞬】【间】【闪】【过】【很】【多】【想】【法】，【沉】【声】【问】【道】：“【于】【队】【长】，【你】【能】【看】【到】【吗】？” 【什】【么】？【于】【驰】【疑】【惑】【地】【顺】【着】【他】【的】【目】【光】【看】【去】，【顿】【时】【也】【面】【色】【一】【变】，【胡】【子】【绷】【紧】【了】，“【看】【得】【到】。”
【顾】【绍】【霆】【看】【着】【她】，【伸】【手】【替】【她】【梳】【理】【了】【那】【披】【肩】【长】【发】，【他】【喜】【欢】【她】【这】【样】【长】【发】【披】【肩】【的】【样】【子】，【很】【妩】【媚】，【有】【女】【人】【味】。 【可】【是】【她】【现】【在】【因】【为】【工】【作】【的】【缘】【故】，【喜】【欢】【把】【头】【发】【刻】【板】【地】【绑】【在】【脑】【后】【面】【了】，【好】【几】【次】【看】【到】，【他】【都】【想】【抽】【掉】【她】【的】【橡】【皮】【筋】。 “【嗯】，【有】【什】【么】【事】【情】【要】【和】【我】【说】，【毕】【竟】【我】【是】【你】【的】【丈】【夫】。”【顾】【绍】【霆】【轻】【描】【淡】【写】【地】【说】【到】。 “【好】，【我】【知】【道】【了】。”
【皇】【上】【已】【经】【有】【很】【久】【未】【上】【朝】【了】，【诸】【位】【大】【臣】【的】【弹】【劾】【却】【日】【日】【不】【间】【断】【的】【往】【光】【耀】【殿】【里】【递】【着】。 “【又】【是】【那】【些】【折】【子】？”【皇】【上】【脸】【色】【苍】【白】【问】【道】。 【内】【监】【看】【了】【看】【门】【外】【有】【些】【担】【忧】【回】【道】：“【还】【有】【皇】【后】【娘】【娘】，【她】【今】【日】【又】【来】【了】，【如】【今】【是】【深】【秋】，【外】【面】【风】【疾】【的】【很】，【皇】【后】【娘】【娘】【病】【情】【刚】【转】【好】，【怕】【是】……。” 【皇】【上】【闻】【言】【眉】【头】【蹙】【了】【蹙】，【微】【微】【一】【叹】【气】。 “【让】【青】
【明】【明】【林】【谦】【唱】【得】【更】【好】。 【可】【是】，【龙】【吟】【社】【没】【有】【拿】【出】【林】【谦】【来】。【龙】【吟】【社】【不】【是】【什】【么】【大】【社】，【在】【这】【种】【档】【次】【的】【比】【赛】【里】【都】【必】【须】【要】【全】【力】【以】【赴】【才】【行】。【他】【们】【不】【像】【青】【林】、【平】【南】【那】【样】【有】【实】【力】【去】【玩】【什】【么】A【阵】【容】B【阵】【容】，【否】【则】【如】【果】【留】【力】，【很】【可】【能】【就】【会】【输】【掉】【比】【赛】。 【所】【以】【陆】【雨】【承】【才】【会】【疑】【惑】，【为】【什】【么】【不】【是】【林】【谦】【唱】？ 【可】【是】，【他】【话】【到】【了】【嘴】【边】【却】【没】【有】【问】【出】【来】。 马会推荐足球场维护【苏】【白】【没】【听】【明】【白】：“【怎】【么】【你】【卖】【婚】【纱】，【还】【要】【给】【别】【人】【钱】？” 【小】【唯】【撒】【娇】【道】：“【你】【先】【给】【我】【嘛】，【晚】【上】【我】【再】【给】【你】【慢】【慢】【解】【释】。” 【豆】【豆】【听】【到】“【晚】【上】”【这】【个】***，【也】【跑】【过】【来】，【两】【手】【搭】【在】【小】【唯】【的】【腿】【上】，【哈】【着】【气】【说】：“【那】【我】【也】【要】【听】。” “【好】【好】【好】，【晚】【上】【再】【告】【诉】【你】【们】。”【小】【唯】【把】【手】【机】【递】【过】【去】，“【你】【只】【需】【要】【按】【一】【下】【就】【行】【了】。” 【苏】【白】【低】
【匪】【初】【也】【没】【想】【到】【这】【个】【少】【年】【会】【出】【现】。 【还】【在】【她】【骂】【人】【的】【时】【候】【出】【现】。 【这】【是】【什】【么】【意】【思】？ 【【主】【人】，【可】【能】【是】【他】【已】【经】【关】【注】【你】【了】，【你】【要】【不】【要】【再】【加】【个】【好】【友】【试】【试】？【可】【能】【会】【同】【意】【呢】？】【胖】【太】【出】【来】【说】。 “【难】【不】【成】【他】【是】【个】【物】【质】【少】【年】？”【匪】【初】【刚】【说】【完】【就】【觉】【得】【不】【可】【能】。 【虽】【然】【他】【是】【私】【生】【子】【不】【怎】【么】【招】【人】【待】【见】。 【但】【身】【为】【家】【中】【唯】【一】【儿】【子】，【瞧】【着】
【听】【到】【这】【话】，【看】【着】【美】【女】【记】【者】【隐】【隐】【担】【忧】【的】【目】【光】，【陈】【永】【胜】【心】【中】【无】【比】【的】【清】【楚】，【这】【美】【女】【记】【者】8【成】【是】【担】【心】【自】【己】【中】【了】【其】【他】【猎】【魔】【小】【队】【成】【员】【的】【激】【将】【法】，【接】【了】【自】【己】【根】【本】【完】【不】【成】【的】【任】【务】，【如】【果】【真】【的】【是】【那】【样】【的】【话】，【陈】【永】【胜】【就】【会】【在】【直】【播】【节】【目】**【丑】。 【而】【这】，【恰】【恰】【是】【那】【些】【没】【有】【获】【得】【记】【者】【跟】【随】【的】【猎】【魔】【小】【队】【成】【员】【所】【盼】【望】【看】【到】【的】【画】【面】！ 【毕】【竟】【其】