De Blasio to Return Transition Contribution

Bill de Blasio and Harry Belafonte. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transition team will return a $1,100 contribution it mistakenly accepted from its top money bundler, whose company does millions of dollars worth of business with the city, an administration spokesman said.

According to city Campaign Finance Board rules, transitions are barred from accepting money from people who are currently lobbying or who have open contracts with the city to limit the influence they wield on an incoming administration. Those people are still allowed to bundle, however. Continue reading “De Blasio to Return Transition Contribution”

Koch Family Sinks Big Money Into New Pro-Lhota PAC

An image from one of the new ads.
An image from one of the new ads.

A new political action committee founded to boost Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota has received a major cash infusion courtesy of the Koch family.

David Koch and his wife, Julia, have each contributed $145,050 to “New Yorkers for Proven Leadership,” which will begin airing television ads tomorrow touting the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor, sources said.

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Ahead of Sandy, Obama and Romney Request Red Cross Contributions

sandy relief fb Ahead of Sandy, Obama and Romney Request Red Cross Contributions
“Support the Sandy RELIEF EFFORT. Paid for by Romney for President, Inc.” (Photo: Facebook)

With Election Day only a week away, President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, can’t afford to slow down much in terms of campaigning, but over the past 24 hours, their campaigns have both taken the time to ask for contributions to something that isn’t their own war chests. For example, as Mr. Obama was boarding a plane to do some politicking in Orlando this evening, his campaign’s deputy press secretary, Jen Psaki, made sure to note the president was also focused on the potential victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“We urge everyone to take appropriate safety precautions and to follow the guidance of emergency management and public safety officials, and we will continue to monitor the storm to ensure the safety of our supporters, volunteers and staff,” she said, according to a recent pool report. “On Facebook, Twitter, and BarackObama.com, supporters are being invited to donate to the Red Cross to support the relief effort.”

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