A reader sent along the following invitation to a fundraiser for onetime Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Thompson.
Mr. Thompson has been fairly quiet on the fundraising front and has only $250,000 in the bank, according to the most recent filings, leading to widespread speculation that he will take a pass on 2013.
This fundraiser–and some of his advisers tell me that it is just one of several planned for the fall–should help quiet some of those notions.
Even with his late fundraising start, Mr. Thompson would be a formidable candidate should he jump in the race. He retains high name identification from his 2009 run–in which he came much closer than expected to knocking off the heavily funded Mike Bloomberg–and would likely pull a significant amount of support in African-American communities.
But without a current office, Mr. Thompson still faces an uphill climb in raising enough money to be competitive.
The invitation says that “contributions are welcome but not required” and it will be held at the lawfirm of Stroock Stroock and Lavan, where a Thompson aide tells me the former comptroller has close ties among some of the partners. Read More
As part of her continued efforts to be the voice of New York women, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will host a star-studded “Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit” at New York University next week.
Among the speakers is White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Sandra Lee, girlfriend of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a star of the Food Network.
Also slated to attend are ” Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie, The Dr. Oz Show’s Personal Finance Contributor Carmen Wong Ulrich and Majora Carter a MacArthur genius grant winner and founder of Sustainable South Bronx. Read More
Is there any doubt left that Hakeem Jeffries intends to run for Congress?
A piece in The New York Times this morning detailed how the Brooklyn Assemblyman has raised over $170,000 and reports him describing the incumbent, Ed Towns, as someone who “has had 29 years to make a difference. At this point, it’s time to move in another direction.”
This morning a source close to Mr. Jeffries revealed that his most recent filing will show that his $170,000 will come from 424 contributions of which 50% – 212 – are $100 or less. Read More
Westchester lawmaker Richard Becker announced today that he had $107,000 in cash on hand for his race against Republican congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
While that seems like a hefty haul, it is dwarfed by the money that Ms. Hayworth has raised. Earlier this week Liz reported that she pulled in $319,000 this quarter, and has $890,000 on hand. Plus, Mr. Becker pulled in only $64,000 from donors this quarter, and supplemented his fundraising numbers with $50,000 of his own money. Read More
Mayor Bloomberg said today that Brookfield Properties relented on their demands to clean up Zuccotti Park after they were threatened by local lawmakers.
“My understanding is Brookfield got calls from many elected officials threatening them and saying if you don’t stop this we will make your life more difficult,” the mayor told John Gambling on his weekly radio show. “If those elected officials spend half as much time trying to promote the city and get jobs to come here we would go a long ways to answering the concerns of the protesters.” Read More
Hakeem Jeffries has raised $173,000 and seems all but certain to jump into a race against Ed Towns: ”The incumbent has had 29 years to make a difference. At this point, it’s time to move in another direction.”
Democrats spend more than twice what Republicans did in order to boost David Weprin in his losing race against Bob Turner.
Mike Bloomberg is no dog-lover, despite the two yellow labs that Diana Taylor thrust into his life.
Senate Republicans are urging a federal judge to schedule the state primary in August because it would allow candidates to circulate petitions in the spring months rather than in the winter, and not conflict with the end of the legislative session in late June. Read More