. . .To be sure, Spitzer patronized prostitutes and broke the law — for a longer period and with greater frequency than anyone knew. He had been a customer of the Emperors Club for at least two full years and spent more than $100,000 on more than 20 appointments with perhaps 10 escorts in New York City, Washington, Dallas, Palm Beach, and San Juan.
Yet many other prominent men have strayed — why did Spitzer’s sexual habits become the target of federal investigative methods befitting an al Qaeda terrorist? Did the investigation really begin with a routine IRS review that spotted a Suspicious Activity Report buried within a database containing millions of them? Or did someone tip off the feds?