An investigation by Crain’s raises questions about the ability of the one-year-old, three-person firm Marquart & Small to drum up that sort of cash. The newspaper posits that the outfit could be exploiting a loophole in New York’s lobbying laws and serving as a so-called “pass-through” for anonymous donors. [more]
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Lobbyists – including those representing real estate interests — are hopeful of greater influence in the de Blasio administration, after 12 years of the famously-unswayable Michael Bloomberg.
Some lobbyists perceived to be close to the city’s new political ruling class are expected to reap big rewards. The Advance Group, for example, was retained last fall by Pledge 2 Protect, a wealthy group looking to pressure de Blasio to pull the plug on the Upper East Side waste-transfer station. Advance’s president Scott Levenson, is thought to be close to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. [more]
Lobbyists received a heady $62 million in 2012 to influence New York City government, with Major League Soccer shelling out the greatest individual amount, the New York Daily News reported. The total amount represents a significant increase from 2011, when lobbying firms received a total of $53.3 million.
For its proposed $300 million stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, MLS spent a total of $1.7 million through five lobbying firms, the city clerk’s office told the Daily News. [more]
One of the most vocal opponents to New York University’s 2 million square foot expansion plans, the non-profit Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, registered this year as a lobbyist following quiet criticism that it was skirting the law by not filing as one.
The group including its executive director, Andrew Berman, and five other employees, registered as lobbyists with the city’s Office of City Clerk, and the group reported the cost of its lobbying during the first half of 2012 was just over $10,800, city records show. [more]
New York City-based real estate companies have increased their Washington lobbying expenditures by more than a quarter this year, as the industry battles a severe downturn and Congress considers a raft of transformative legislation, federal data shows. Eleven city-based firms such as Tishman Speyer Properties, Forest City Ratner and Arverne East Development, together spent a total of $655,000 in the first six months of the year, compared with $510,000 in the same period a year ago, an increase of 28 percent, according to The Real Deal’s analysis of public lobbying records released this month. The companies made the lobbying expenditures for a variety of reasons, including monitoring transportation, economic development and tax issues. The quarterly reports are filed with the Senate Office of Public Records by the lobbying firms to show how much they have been paid by their clients and for what purpose. … [more]