De Blasio Says He’ll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)
Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is set to deliver remarks this evening in front of a well-heeled crowd of donors at a fund-raiser with President Barack Obama, joked today he’ll be the odd one out.

“They needed a token non-wealthy person, so I was there. They called me in,” said Mr. de Blasio, speaking to reporters this afternoon at an unrelated press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Says He’ll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight”

Bill de Blasio Transition Donors Include Many With Interests Before City

Bill de Blasio at his inauguration, which was funded by transition donors. (Photo: Stan Honda/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at his inauguration, which was funded by transition donors. (Stan Honda/Getty)

Donors hoping to gain favor with newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio had one last chance to fill his coffers before his administration kicked into high gear. They took advantage of the opportunity.

New and loyal backers pumped more than $2 million into Mr. de Blasio’s transition effort, new campaign finance filings show. And with Mr. de Blasio already elected, it perhaps isn’t surprising that many of those offering last-minute backing have a financial stake in his administration. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Transition Donors Include Many With Interests Before City”

Charles Hynes’s Political Giving Under Fire

Charles Hynes (Photo: NY1)
Charles Hynes (Screengrab: NY1)

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who is continuing to run for re-election despite a bruising primary loss, has poured thousands of dollars into his fellow politicians’ coffers while serving as D.A.–despite a rule barring him from endorsing candidates. Continue reading “Charles Hynes’s Political Giving Under Fire”

Eliot Spitzer Spending Big Money on GOTV Efforts

Eliot Spitzer.
Eliot Spitzer collecting petitions signatures the day after he launched his bid. (Photo: Getty)

As it begins, so it ends.

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars on sophisticated Obama campaign-style micro-targeting and get-out-the-vote efforts, hiring a small army of staffers instead of exclusively relying on volunteers, to boost turnout in tomorrow’s polls.

According to city Campaign Finance Board records, Mr. Spitzer has spent just over $300,000 on get-out-the-vote efforts over the past five days. Continue reading “Eliot Spitzer Spending Big Money on GOTV Efforts”

Report Finds Far More Issues With John Liu’s Campaign Financing

City Comptroller John Liu. (Photo: Getty Images)
City Comptroller John Liu. (Photo: Getty Images)

A consultant’s report released today by the city’s Campaign Finance Board suggests the problems with City Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign may have extended far beyond the findings of a federal investigation that resulted in the convictions of a fund-raiser and the campaign’s former treasurer.

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Weiner Raises More Than $800,000 in Two Months

Anthony Weiner: Fund-raising machine.
Anthony Weiner: Fund-raising machine.

Despite speculation that Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s sudden jump back into politics would drag Anthony Weiner’s name back into the mud, his campaign appears to be getting off to a good week.

The former congressman, who is now leading the polls in the mayors race, raised an impressive $828,886 dollars over the past two months, according to new disclosures filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board earlier today.

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John Catsimatidis Spending Big on Billboards, Lip Balm and Candy

John Catsimatidis opening his new Brooklyn campaign office Wednesday. (Photo: twitter/JCats2013)
John Catsimatidis opening his new Brooklyn campaign office Wednesday evening. (Photo: Twitter/JCats2013)

All of the major mayoral candidates have been spending cash at a relative steady clip; but no other candidate has managed to do so as fast as billionaire supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis. The self-financed Republican has spent a whopping $880,000 since he entered the race, including $615,332 in bills over the past two months.

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