Eliot Spitzer will be speaking today at the Edmund J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard. Via Mark Draughn, here is a letter Spitzer's former Madam sent to the Director of the center, Lawrence Lessig:
Dear Professor Lessig
I have been informed that you are having former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer speak on ethics this Thursday November 12, 2009. This sounds fascinating and I would love to attend but the restrictions of my probation won't allow me to travel out side New York City.For nearly 5 years, I supplied Mr. Spitzer with high priced escorts while he was both Attorney General and Governor. For this crime, I served four months on Rikers Island, had all of my assets confiscated and am now considered a sex offender on 5 years probation. Mr. Spitzer broke both state and federal laws and walked away free.
I am greatly intrigued as to what Mr. Spitzer could contribute to an ethical discussion when as Chief Executive Law Enforcement Officer of NY he broke numerous laws for which he has yet to be punished. As Attorney General he went around arresting and making examples out of the same escort agencies he was frequenting.
I believe strongly in the legalization of prostitution and have no issue with his choice to use call girls. However, I deplore hypocrisy and abhor public officials who use their power to commit and cover up their own crimes and to lie and deceive the same public they have promised to protect.
In any event, since I wont be able to make this lecture, I thought it imperative to ask the former Governor and Attorney General his stance on corruption committed by public officials through some direct questions:
1. Is it ethical to take a total of $9M in illegal loans from your father for your two campaigns for Attorney General and lie about it to the NY Times, NY Post and NY Daily News?
2. Is it ethical to wire money to an Escort Service in the form of two five thousand payments to evade federal cash transfer regulations and detection?
3. Is it ethical for you to tip off your favorite escort service days before a bust so that they may disappear?
4. Is it ethical to try to book an assignation with a escort under a fake name after you were banned by my agency for being abusive to women?
5. Is it ethical to blackmail Marsh McClennan Insurance into hiring your best friend as their CEO before you will to agree to a settlement of charges against them and require them to buy your friend’s business for $1B when it is worth $250,000?
6. Is it ethical to use the New York state police to spy on your political opponents, fabricate documents and lie about it repeatedly until e-mails released after you left office show you personally approved the dirty tricks against the Senate Leadership?
7. Is it ethical to "traffic" a woman across state or country lines for the sole purposes of engaging in prostitution?
Please let me know what Mr. Spitzer, a man without ethics, says.