Fisher Brothers, Keith Rubenstein and Exact Capital were some of the new real estate-industry donors who helped Gov. Andrew Cuomo raise $4.4 million worth of campaign cash over the past six months.
Cuomo is no stranger to turning to the industry for political contributions, and familiar names like Brookfield Financial, which gave $100,000 this filing period, and Howard Milstein, who donated $50,000, once again appear on his campaign finance reports, according to Politico.
But in the most recent filing period running from mid-July through mid-January, there were 20 donors who hadn’t previously given to Cuomo since he took office as governor in 2011.
This time around, Fisher Brothers
Previous donations came under fire because they came right before Cuomo approved a 421a bill that included a special carve-out for one of Fisher Brothers’ properties at 86 Trinity Place.
Cuomo received a check for $50,000 on Jan. 9 from Exact Capital Group, LLC, which resembles the name of the firm that is co-developing the Victoria Theatre site in Harlem. Two days later, the governor called for the closure of the loophole that allows donors to hide identities behind LLCs. [Politico] – Rich Bockmann