Espada Got Big $ from GOP, Healthcare Companies

The Daily News looks at contributions to "Espada for the People" -- the campaign finance arm of newly-elected rogue Democratic state senator Pedro Espada -- and finds heavier donations to it from Republicans than from Democrats: for example, GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos' committee gave Espada $5000 this year, while his prospective successor Malcolm Smith's pitched in only $500.

Espada is a king mixer, as Paul's dad in A Hard Day's Night might say, who in his previous state senate tenure caucused with Republicans and has flirted with joining their party.

Espada, who has been accused of improperly using funds from his Soundview Health Center for campaign purposes, also received sizable donations from medical suppliers such as Ovations Inc. of Minneapolis and Precision Ultrasound Imaging of Staten Island.

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