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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n4 (01/26/2012) » Section: Week in Review

Donna Brown Heads Back Downtown

Remember Donna M. Brown? Brown was second deputy mayor of Buffalo for a spell, occupying the suicide seat next to First Deputy Mayor Steve Casey, Mayor Byron Brown’s chief political officer.


In last Thursday’s Buffalo News, political reporter Bob McCarthy wrote that New York State Senator Mark Grisanti had reported receiving “nearly $247,000” and that, of the 85 reported donors, only one was from Western New York.

Odds & Ends

In the same column referenced above, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy failed to note the most interesting entry in New York State Senator Mark Grisanti’s January campaign finance disclosure filing: Among those who rewarded Grisanti for his vote in favor of same sex marriage were David Koch and his wife, Julia, who each gave $16,800. David Koch and his brother, Charles, are the principle owners of Koch Industries, and use their billions to underwrite ultraconservative causes and movements, including tea party groups. The Koch brothers support same-sex marriage on libertarian grounds but are fierce adversaries of the unions that by and large supported Grisanti over Democratic incumbent Antoine Thompson in 2010. (You may recall that Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy made national news by impersonating David Koch in a phone call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, congratulating Walker for his efforts to break public service unions in that state.) Both donations were made through Intrust Wealth Management of Wichita, Kansas, a Koch Industries company.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

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