But the most curious contribution is $400 from MaryAnne Gilmartin, who heads the Atlantic Yards project, to Democrat Bill Thompson, the mayoral candidate and current Comptroller. (Click to enlarge)
Thompson has to be considered a long shot candidate, and Forest City Ratner is certainly most comfortable with Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a steady backer of Atlantic Yards.
Gilmartin on Bloomberg
Gilmartin in a public speech just after term limits were overturned last October, seemed to praise the mayor: "So I think the future holds great buildings that are also sustainable buildings. That we’ll be challenged by economic times, but in those challenging times creates great opportunities... If we have a great mayor, and I hope that we do, I think that this next five-year period represents tremendous opportunities for New York to build great buildings...”
Gilmartin made her contribution on September 13 of last year, after discussion of Bloomberg's plan had surfaced but before he actually went forward with it.
I have to think Bloomberg--who's been vastly outspending his potential rivals--will forgive her.