Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The transactional relationship between Bruce Ratner & Al D'Amato: $3 million plus a curious contribution

The transactional relationship between Brooklyn developer Bruce Ratner, a self-described liberal Democrat, and political operative Al D'Amato, the former Republican Senator, is more extensive than previously reported.

Yesterday I wrote about how a sequence suggests a campaign contribution from Ratner and his wife to D'Amato's Renew New York PAC, seemingly a personal kitty for D'Amato, seemed to be routed to Nassau County executive Ed Mangano, who endorsed Ratner's Nassau Coliseum deal and remains key to future negotiations. (See graphic at bottom.)

I also wrote about D'Amato's city/state lobbying and federal lobbying on behalf of Ratner's Atlantic Yards project.

All told, Forest City Ratner has paid D'Amato's Park Strategies more than $3 million for lobbying and consultation related to Atlantic Yards and the Nassau Coliseum.

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