NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 4:45 PM
Mayor de Blasio defended donations to his political nonprofit from conservative donors who had reasons to curry favor with City Hall, saying in the “real world” people give to Democrats and Republicans all the time.
“Donald Trump used to donate to Hillary Clinton,” a frustrated de Blasio said on Wednesday.
As the website Politico previously reported, several big ticket donations that de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York received came from people who did not typically support his progressive agenda.
Among those conservative donors was George Klein of the Park Tower Group, who gave the mayor’s nonprofit $50,000 in March.
Klein is developing property in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, along a trolley route that de Blasio has proposed.
A month earlier, Klein gave $125,000 to Republicans Jeb Bush’s White House campaign, Politico’s analysis found.
De Blasio’s nonprofit is under investigation by several law enforcement agencies — including the Manhattan District Attorney and the US Attorney in Manhattan — for influence peddling.
He’s repeatedly said he targeted donors to his nonprofit — the vast majority of whom had some type of business before the city — over ideology.
Speaking on Monday, he pushed back at implications that any of the conservative donors were more motivated with getting in good with him than his causes like universal pre-k.
“People who give to Democratic causes ... (it) does not disqualify them ... from giving to Republicans too,” de Blasio said.
“Come on, this is the real world. There’s plenty of people in business who give to both sides.”
He did admit,
“I wouldn’t do it,” he said.Send a Letter to the Editor
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