The Real Deal New York

Cuomo’s top donors in 2014 are in real estate

Property firms were major contributors in first half of year to governor's re-election campaign
By Adam Pincus | July 16, 2014 12:20PM

The top four donors who contributed during the first half of this year to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign are all in the real estate industry, a review of state campaign filings show.

Leonard Litwin’s Glenwood Management, which has been Cuomo’s top donor overall, was the highest contributor, providing $219,200 to his coffers. The firm was followed by $205,000 that members of the Dolan family and their company Cablevision donated, followed by $125,000 given by limited liability companies owned by Richard LeFrak’s LeFrak Organization. Rounding out the top four: three entities affiliated with Stephen Ross’ Related Companies. The trio gave a total of $125,000, the review of the latest campaign filings show.

The filings are for donations provided to Cuomo’s campaign coffers between January 12 and July 11. During that time, he raked in a total of $8.4 million from all donors.

Other large real estate contributors include Ron Burkle, the California billionaire who purchased stakes in several Meatpacking buildings and the Soho House company. He gave $60,800.

Real estate developer Joseph Moinian, CEO of the Moinian Group, donated $30,000. Andrew Farkas, a real estate investor, donated the same. Jane Goldman, an heir to the Sol Goldman fortune and head of the company Solil Management, donated $25,000.

Others who gave $25,000 were Sheldon Solow, the owner of 9 West 57th Street; Michael Mattone, an executive vice president at the development firm the Mattone Group; and Kenneth Fisher, a partner at builder and owner Fisher Brothers.