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08/30/2013 02:55 pm ET Updated Aug 30, 2013

Bill de Blasio Lobbyist Meetings Target Of New Website; Campaign Fires Back, Says Claims Took 'Chutzpah'

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An anti-Bill de Blasio website debuted Friday as one of his opponents in the New York mayoral primary blasted him over an apparent broken promise to disclose all meetings with lobbyists.

Following revelations that de Blasio (D), the city's public advocate, secretly met with real estate developers despite a promise to fully share his schedule, rival Bill Thompson's campaign unveiled billdebliar.com. The portal portrays de Blasio as a hypocrite going against his touted message of government transparency, including full access to his meetings schedule. He is criticized for "championing sunlight while keeping New Yorkers in the dark."

"He's cute to a fault with the truth," said Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler, a Thompson supporter, on a Friday conference call with reporters. "His ideas are going to change with the political winds."

The site mockingly invites visitors to type in their names and how much money they'd donate to de Blasio's campaign in exchange for a meeting. Based on the information, the site reads, "we will tell you if Bill de Blasio will disclose your meeting."

A spokesman for de Blasio dismissed the latest attacks.

"This is a desperate and silly attack from a campaign with no ideas and no vision for how to break from the Bloomberg years," Dan Levitan told HuffPost. "They do get points for chutzpah though, since Bill Thompson worked as a Wall Street lobbyist as recently as this year."

A Thompson spokesman declined to disclose Thompson's schedule, which has not been public since he left the comptroller's office in 2009. He told reporters on the conference call that Thompson has been in the private sector unlike de Blasio who'd explicitly promised to have open records.

Another candidate, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), made similar accusations with a recent Tumblr called "Tale of Two de Blasios" that highlights alleged flip-flops by de Blasio on issues like overturning term limits and the New York Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk.

BilldeBliar.com follows a New York Daily News report claiming 47 meetings between lobbyists and de Blasio between January 2010 to February 2013. The lobbyists reportedly included surrogates for real estate developers Extell and Related.

Ten eventually donated to his campaign. Two recent polls show de Blasio well ahead of his opponents.

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