(Also see this report from the New York Daily News which includes a link to the federal complaint and the FBI agent's affidavit. The affidavit recounts in excruciating detail the specific meetings at which bribes were discussed. Many meetings occurred as recently as ten days ago.)
Ballot access -- namely, the ability to get one's desired endorsements -- is central to this case. But make no mistake about it, candidates can get on the ballot, can win their primaries, can raise funds -- but it takes a great deal of effort. Those who take shortcuts -- well, this emerging story is about them.
These arrests are reminiscent of the legendary arrests in July 2009 of numerous New Jersey politicians, elected leaders and rabbis in the Bid Rig corruption scandal.