The Real Deal New York

Cuomo gets unprecedented contributions from city’s real estate industry

May 14, 2012 09:30AM

From left: REBNY President Steve Spinola, Tishman Speyer CEO Rob Speyer, Partnership for New York City President Kathryn Wylde and CBRE's Mary Ann Tighe

An advocacy group largely supported by the city’s real estate industry raised more than $12 million for Governor Andrew Cuomo, and $17 million overall, in 2011, its first full year of operations. A review of the Committee to Save New York’s finances conducted by the New York Times found more than two-thirds of the $17 million to have come from donors giving $250,000 or more, and three donors combined to give $6.25 million. By donating to the advocacy group, which has funded television and radio ads in support of Cuomo, these wealthy contributors can bypass the $60,800 state limit on direct donations to candidates.

The Times said that the majority of these wealthy givers were members of the city’s real estate industry. The committee was founded by Tishman Speyer president Rob Speyer and is headed by Real Estate Board of New York President Steve Spinola and Partnership for New York City President Kathryn Wylde. Additionally, Mary Ann Tighe of CBRE and Gary LaBarbera of the Building & Construction Trades Council are on the committee’s advisory board, according to its website.

The group spent $12.1 million supporting Cuomo, nearly twice as much as the next largest contributor and the fifth most ever spent on a single-year campaign in the state. [NYT]

2 Responses to “Cuomo gets unprecedented contributions from city’s real estate industry”

  1. May 14, 2012 at 11:39 am, Raging Realtor said:

    Bribery in its purest form. I can see why REBNY gets all their ideas to become law. All to promote the Monsantos of the real estate industry and screw the little guys. Next the DOS and REBNY wont allow brokers to advertise at all unless they have a written exclusive. This will hurt the smaller firms and all the landlords who do not wish to give written permission but give verbal permission.
    The big firms through the manipulative tactics of REBNY and the bigger firms are annihilating the smaller firms into submission.

  2. May 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm, leah said:

    REBNY is a joke. The bigger firms will never annihilate the smaller
    firms into submission because the smaller firms have better Brokers and go a better job.

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