Gotham Schools’ Geoffrey Decker catches an interesting shift:
Richard Burns, an executive at Manhattan Media, the company run by newly-announced candidate Tom Allon, donated $2000 to Stringer before Allon announced last week that he would run. In an email, Burns said he would now “be doing whatever I can to help [Allon] raise funds.”
Decker also has more info on the education money flowing into Stringer’s campaign.
Scott Stringer is raising money from people with ties to his one-time opponent, Eva Moskowitz, who lost the Manhattan borough presidents race to Stringer in 2005 and now runs a charter school Manhattan.
Stringer got $150 from the executive director of Democrats for Education Reform, Joe Williams. The group “only support[s] nonunion charter schools, bash[es] unions and get[s] subsidized by Wall Street hedge-fund managers,” according to the teacher’s union web site.
A board member of the group also co-founded the charter school now run by Moskowitz, in Harlem.
Tom Allon’s campaign for mayor is creating some obstacles for employees of the newspapers he runs, which he and the company’s chairman acknowledge in a pair of memos to employees, passed along by a reader.
Allon wrote: “This potential candidacy does not mean that I will be any less focused on Manhattan Media,” but “I will no longer be involved in the day-to-day editorial process of City Hall or any mayoral political coverage.”
Chairman Richard Burns wrote: “We have asked an attorney to lay out the set of regulations that respect the distinction between Tom the employee and Tom the candidate.”
The memos are after the jump.