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NYT: De Blasio Donors Do Not Want to Vote for Him in 2020

The Times spoke with 35 donors to de Blasio's PAC. Only five said that they thought de Blasio should be president.

By NTK Staff | 05.28.2019 @11:36am
NYT: De Blasio Donors Do Not Want to Vote for Him in 2020


A report by the New York Times found that most of the donors to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political action committee, the Fairness PAC, are unlikely to vote for de Blasio in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

De Blasio’s Fairness PAC has raised $458,000 from 115 people. The New York Times interviewed dozens of these donors and found that few “were willing to put their votes where their money went.”

“Dozens of interviews conducted by The New York Times with Mr. de Blasio’s donors provided a snapshot of his lukewarm support for president — even from a self-selected group of people willing to spend thousands of dollars to help the New York City mayor in his federal efforts.”

“They said they gave to Mr. de Blasio’s federal committee, known as Fairness PAC, for a variety of reasons. Some pointed to his record as mayor. Some said they did so to have a chance to talk to the mayor. Others donated after being asked by another member of their community.”

“Honestly speaking, I was asked by a co-worker if I can help, and I did,” Nail Capri, an executive at a roofing and restoration company who contributed $5,000 last year told the Times.

But when the Times asked Capri whether he would vote for de Blasio in 2020, he responded, “For me, personally, no.”

And the Times found that Capri was not alone in this opinion.

“I’m certainly not a supporter of him running for president. I’m not a supporter of anyone at the moment,” billionaire media mogul Barry Diller told the Times. “He was very helpful to us in building, and supportive of building, the island that we’re building in the Hudson River.”

Another donor to the Fairness PAC, Howard L. Gottlieb, is an Illinois political donor, who is 95 years-old. Gottlieb said that he didn’t even remember donating $5,000 to de Blasio’s PAC.

“I’m 95 years old,” he said. “Do you think I remember every dime that I’ve ever given to anyone, especially as insignificant as that,” Gottlieb told the Times.

In total, the Times spoke with 35 donors to de Blasio’s PAC. Only five said that they thought de Blasio should be president.

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