But despite whatever personal distaste executives and staff have, the company still has lots of links--and potential links--to Trump. (Both are "creative with the truth," too.) And Forest City answers to shareholders and the bottom line.
The D'Amato & Giuliani connection
Politico reports that lobbyist (Park Strategies) and former Republican senator Al D’Amato is thrilled with the victory of President-elect Donald Trump and "suggested Trump should appoint former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as attorney general."
Not only is D'Amato one of the company's lobbyists in Washington, but Giuliani and Forest City Chairman Bruce Ratner have longstanding ties. As the Times reported 9/23/97:
When Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's re-election campaign was fined $220,000 last week for accepting excessive contributions, left unscathed were those who gave the money...The Kasirer connection
...Last week, the board concluded that companies connected to Mr. Ratner, who built the Metrotech complex in Brooklyn, had exceeded the $7,700-per-donor limit by more than $20,000. Four years ago, three of his companies made $6,000 in excessive donations to the Dinkins campaign. In addition to those illegal donations, Mr. Ratner has legally raised tens of thousands of dollars for Mr. Giuliani....
...Mr. Ratner is a staunch Democrat whose support for the Republican Mayor may seem unusual, but political experts say it underscores how such executives often care more about business than ideology.
The Real Deal reported, in Friends of ours: President Trump and the danger of cronyism:
[Lobbyist Suri] Kasirer said she has been fielding calls from developers looking to gain access to the future Trump administration.Forest City Ratner is one of Kasirer's many clients.
The Kramer Levin connection
Also from the Real Deal:
For those in the industry who lack close ties to Trump, there are numerous potential middlemen that could help gain access, sources say. One is Trump’s attorney Jay Neveloff, who heads the real estate department at Kramer Levin. Asked for comment, Neveloff said he is certain Trump will not be susceptible to special interests.
“Knowing Donald, he is going to bend over backwards to be fair,” he said.
The Ivanka Trump connection
Also, Ivanka Trump started at Forest City Ratner out of college, where she worked on the Ridge Hill project in Yonkers.
In her book, she called the FCR team "wonderfully patient and accommodating," and "very nurturing of the fact that I might need a place to test my mettle away from my father."
She also had an anxiety dream about sexual harassment by construction workers. That has occurred in reality to a local resident near Greenland Forest City Partners' Pacific Park project.