Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Campaign reports show Cuomo continues to rely on big donors, there's a chart listing the top 87 donors.
At #55, though actually tied with others starting at #51, is a listing for "Ratner," the only individual donor listed without a first name.
Did Bruce Ratner in fact give $55,000 since January 2015? I couldn't confirm it.
Rather, it looks like he should have barely missed the listing of the top 87 donors, who gave a minimum of $45,000, as he gave $42,500.
Bottom line: he gave enough, I'd bet, to get his phone calls returned.
Looking at the reports
Cuomo's July 2016 disclosure form listed contributions from Ratner of $7,500 and $15,000. Cuomo's January 2016 disclosure form listed no Ratner contributions. Cuomo's July 2015 disclosure form listed contributions from Ratner of $5,000 and $15,000. Cuomo's January 2015 disclosure form listed no Ratner contributions.
The $42,500 figure is confirmed in the screenshot below, as well. (Ratner did give another $9,500 to Cuomo in January 2014.)
Ratner's other contributions
As the screenshot below from the state database shows, Ratner has not only given to Cuomo, the self-described liberal Democrat gave $5,000 to Republican Senator Marty Golden, whose representation in the Republican-controlled Senate is a firewall for things like, say, residential permit parking or a real oversight plan for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.
Ratner gave a significant $15,000 to the campaign for District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. And the database reports two $4,400 contributions--the limit for Assembly primary and general elections--to 57th District Assemblyman Walter Mosley. That may be an error: each $4,400 contribution, though given on the same date, appears in a separate semi-annual report.
The state database also shows the two contributions that show up in a search of the city campaign database: $250 to the campaign of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and $400 to the campaign of Mayor Bill de Blasio.