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Real estate group backs committee urging Jewish voters to elect James as AG

One Voice New York PAC runs ad showing Trump and Charlottesville rally
September 11, 2018 04:00PM

Letitia James (Credit: Getty Images)

Queens multifamily investor Katz Realty Group is the latest real estate player to jump into the highly charged race for New York’s Attorney General.

A limited liability company affiliated with Katz donated $20,000 to an independent expenditure committee that last week ran an ad urging Jewish voters to cast their ballots for Letitia James, Crain’s reported.

One Voice New York PAC posted a video to Twitter Sept. 6 that shows footage of anti-Semites from last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to Crain’s.

The video shows President Trump’s infamous reference to “very fine people on both sides” attending the event, where a young activist was killed. It also shows other remarks by Trump disparaging immigrants, as well as a man at a 2016 Trump rally chanting “Jew-S-A.”

The video then shows a speech by James vowing to defend marginalized communities and one of her Tweets reading, “In Trump’s America, bigots and racists are on the rise. In @TishJames’ New York, they are on the run!”

The Tweet also appears in a full-page ad that One Voice New York PAC took out in Jewish Week, urging readers to cast their vote for James in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

The PAC also received $60,000 from a group of LLCs linked to insurance claims adjuster Samuel Schlesinger and his partner, Malkie Mittelman, Crain’s reported.

The Democratic primary for AG is one of the more contested races this election season.

Related Companies recently threw its hat into the race, donating $100,000 to a political action committee opposing one of James’ opponents, attorney Zephyr Teachout. [Crain’s] – Rich Bockmann