Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wolf Sender Accuses Me Of Spreading KKK Racism - UPDATED

In response to my storify (, compiling tweets from Orthodox Jewish voters who reacted to Bill Thompson's racially tinted tweet, one of Assemblyman Dov Hikind's most closest confidants accused me of KKK racism.

Wolf Sender, Community Board 12 district manager, sent the following text message to a hand-selected amount of Jewish operatives: "Kornbluh's article about Thompson's statement is painting jews as KKK racists."

Recently, Mr. Sender referred to me as "cancer to the Jewish community."

Ironically, Mr. Sender found Mr. Hikind dressing up, on Purim 2013, as 'Blackface' as acceptable. Nonetheless, slams honest reporting as spreading hate, endangering the Jewish community.

In 1999, Mr. Sender, serving as an assistant commissioner in the Giuliani administration, was fired for covering up on Dov Hikind. Sender's job was axed in an effort to streamline his agency, Giuliani spokeswoman Roche said at the time.

In 2007, Mr. Sender and Assemblyman Dov Hikind were sharply criticized over the use of a religious charity run by a convicted tax evader to fund a campaign to get Israel’s prime minister, Ehud Olmert, to resign.

Via the Jewish Week:

"Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind raised some $40,000 to run full-page ads in Jewish newspapers last month calling on Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to quit and urging supporters to back his cause by writing tax-deductible checks to a charity called Yad Moshe. Both pre- and post-ad contributions were channeled through Yad Moshe.

"The ads, however, instructed donors to mail the checks to an address that was not the charity’s but the headquarters of Hikind’s campaign finance committee, Friends of Dov Hikind.

"The committee’s headquarters is also the Brooklyn residence of Wolf Sender, a longtime Hikind political associate. Last July, Friends of Dov Hikind gave $2,000 to Yad Moshe.

"Sender declined to answer questions about the arrangement. But Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum, the head of Yad Moshe, said they used Sender’s address merely as a mail drop to “segregate” the funds meant for the anti-Olmert campaign. Hikind and Rabbi Tannenbaum defended their use of the charity to solicit tax-deductible contributions, arguing that their cause was not political but moral and nonpartisan.

“The ads were not supporting any candidate from a political point of view,” said Hikind. “Who do I prefer [to replace Olmert]? I have no clue. The message was that this is a man who endangers Israel.”

"The Internal Revenue Service prohibits the use of charity money for partisan political purposes—including abroad—and bars donors from taking deductions on contributions made to such causes. Hikind’s use of a religious charity to channel funds connected to his ad were first noted on The Politicker, a blog published by The New York Observer, and followed up on YudelLine, a Web site authored by Larry Yudelson, a former reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency."
In 2011, Wolf Sender was accused for reportedly telling the NYC's Industrial Development Agency that Community Board 12 backed $2 million in tax breaks for Moisha's Kosher Supermarket even though Sender never brought the issue before the board.
UPDATE: Shimon Gifter claims he spoke to Mr. Sender who denied writing the above text message. "Just In: Jacob Kornbluh statement accusing Sender Wolf of writing things about him yesterday was an outright lie. Mr. Wolf never wrote it," Gifter (@nycphotog) tweeted. I asked Gifter whether he spoke directly to Mr. Sender. "The answer is yes to your question. He says he rarely even uses text and is not on facebook and all these things," Gifter wrote back to me. "To my knowledge he is not and he's not the type to ever write things or be interviewed."

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