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Watch the money slide its way in from the side door as the race for NYC mayor escalates.
The PAC affiliated with Republican Joe Lhota, New Yorkers for Proven Leadership, got a combined $290,100 from David and Julia Koch, the billionaire Midwestern industrialist family that supports right-of-center causes. They are New Yorkers, and have also contributed to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
The plan is to support big TV expenditures with the funds, as described here.
The PAC has its share of Giuliani-rooted individuals. Maury Satin, secretary, and Ryan Medrano, treasurer are veterans of the ex-mayor’s past campaigns. Mike McKeon of Mercury Public Affairs, who headed Republicans for Cuomo and served as Giuliani for President campaign spokesman in 2008, is the PAC’s president.
PACs are not supposed to “coordinate” with the campaigns, a legal fig leaf that may or may not be meaningful in any real way.
PAC-related or not, there are other contributions of interest on the state Board of Elections’ 24-hour reports from the past couple of weeks.
Katuria D’Amato contributed $2,000 to Scott Stringer as he opposes ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer for city comptroller.
In his bid to rehabilitate his political career as he runs again for Nassau County Executive, Tom Suozzi collected $1,250 each from the Grace Plaza Rehab and Health Care Center in Great Neck, from the Townhouse Center for Rehab and Nursing in Uniondale, the Park Avenue Extended Care Facility in Long Beach and the Nassau Extended Care Facility in Hempstead. He also got $1,500 from Vincent Albanese Esq., among others.