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Akleh wrote, “We live in the United States of Israel,” and “Just my luck. I go to Citi Field to watch the Mets game and it turns out to be celebrate Israel night smh!!!!”

In her July filing, Teachout paid $60,800 to Patch In Strategies, a firm run by former WFP Field Director Robert Akleh. In June, Akleh was fired as Oliver Koppell’s campaign manager after he posted anti-Israel rants on his personal Facebook page.

Akleh wrote, “We live in the United States of Israel,” and “Just my luck. I go to Citi Field to watch the Mets game and it turns out to be celebrate Israel night smh!!!!”

Akleh also called Governor Cuomo a “shitbird” during 2014 state budget negotiations, writing “Going up to Albany again to tell that s—tbird Cuomo to get his budget right and not to bite the hands that feed.”

Last year, Akleh attempted to attend a controversial panel at Brooklyn College supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Teachout’s payments to Patch In Strategies came only a few weeks after Akleh was fired from the Koppell campaign. The payments represented two thirds of her total spending.

PATCH IN STRATEGIES

Teachout Paid $60,800 To Patch In Strategies. She made two payments to Patch In Strategies on July 15, 2014: One for $25,250 and one for $35,550. (New York State Board of Elections, accessed 7/16/14; Patch In Strategies, accessed 7/16/14)

· Teachout’s Payments To Patch In Strategies Represented Two Thirds Of Her Total Spending. Teachout reported spending a total of $91,050 during the July periodic filing period. The $60,800 she paid to Patch In Strategies represents 67 percent of her total spending. (New York State Board of Elections, accessed 7/16/14)

Patch In Strategies Is Registered At The Home Of Robert Akleh, A Former Field Director For The Working Families Party. Patch In Strategies is registered at 430 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, the home of Robert Akleh, a former Field Director for the Working Families Party and the Field Director for Sal Albanese’s failed mayoral campaign in 2013. (Akleh is registered to vote at the address.) (New York State Department of State, accessed 7/16/14; LexisNexis, accessed 7/16/14; LinkedIn, accessed 7/16/14; New York State Board of Elections, accessed 7/16/14)

· PatchInStrategies.Com Is Registered To Robert Akleh. (Register.com, accessed 7/16/14)

Akleh Was Fired At The End Of June As Oliver Koppell’s State Senate Campaign Manager Over Anti-Israel Rants He Posted To His Personal Facebook Page. The Post reported, “The campaign manager for Bronx state Senate candidate Oliver Koppell — a former field director for the Working Families Party — was fired Wednesday after The Post questioned anti-Israel rants the aide had posted on his Facebook page. ‘We live in the United States of Israel,’ Robert Byrd Akleh wrote Sept. 21, 2011, the same day President Obama told the United Nations that America’s commitment to Israel was unshakable. A year later, Akleh was again railing against the Jewish state — this time for upsetting his outing to a Mets game. ‘Just my luck. I go to Citi Field to watch the Mets game and it turns out to be celebrate Israel night smh!!!! [shaking my head]’ he complained on May 30, 2012.” (New York Post, 6/25/14)

· Akleh Also Called Governor Cuomo A “Shitbird” During State Budget Negotiations. The Post reported, “Israel wasn’t the only target of his social-media ire. Akleh blasted Gov. Cuomo as a ‘s–tbird’ just three months ago, when state budget negotiations were in full swing. ‘Going up to Albany again to tell that s—tbird Cuomo to get his budget right and not to bite the hands that feed,’ Akleh wrote on March 20.” (New York Post, 6/25/14)

· When Asked For Comment, Akleh Said, “Why Should I?” The Post reported, “When contacted by The Post, Wednesday and asked for comment, Akleh responded by saying, ‘Why should I?’ When asked about specific Facebook posts attacking Israel, he muttered, ‘No comment.’” (New York Post, 6/25/14)

· In 2013, Akleh Attempted To Attend A Brooklyn College Panel Supporting The Boycott, Divestment, And Sanctions Movement Against Israel. The Daily Beast reported, “Judging by the crowd outside the Brooklyn College Student Center last night, a celebrity had made an appearance. But the full-street barricades, metal detectors, and about a dozen cops weren’t for Ryan Gosling or Florence and the Machine, but to contain the roughly 400 people involved with the controversial panel supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. RSVPs for spots in the 220-person house had long since been submitted, and by an hour before the 6:30 start time, two lines had formed: one for confirmed attendees, and another with about 120 seeking to upgrade from the wait-list. By 6:40 PM, with the lines growing, a monitor told those not on the wait-list there was a ‘slim chance’ they’d get in. Hopeful attendees like Robert and Sammy Akleh, the latter a student at Brooklyn College who ‘didn’t even hear about the event before it was on the news,’ pleaded with organizers to get in.” (The Daily Beast, 2/8/13)

Teachout’s Payments To Patch In Strategies Came Only A Few Weeks After He Was Fired From The Koppell Campaign. Koppell fired Akleh on June 25, 2014. Teachout’s paid Patch In Strategies $60,800 on July 15, 2014. (New York State Board of Elections, accessed 7/16/14; New York Post, 6/25/14)

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