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New York's Clean Politics

A report from New York City's Campaign Finance Board says that roughly 22 percent of contributions in the 2005 election cycle (mayor's race, City Council and some other offices) came from contractors and lobbyists that had business with the city.

Is it just me, or does that seem quite low? Let's hear it for New York City's squeaky clean political culture! (Forget that the public-sector unions run Albany like their own personal piggy banks.)

The report didn't count the tens of millions (supposed) prospective presidential candidate Mayor Bloomberg donated to his own reelection effort.