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Billionaire businessman and Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and wife Margo contributed $79,000 to the campaign of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo since January, according to the latest state campaign filings.
While ‘Cats’ has been self-funding his mayoral effort, it is notable that he’s still a contributor to at least one other candidate as well. Rob Ryan, his spokesman, said “John over the years has supported both Republican and Democratic candidates who have done good things for New York. He’s known the Cuomo family for 30 years.”
Margo Catsimatidis was recorded as contributing $50,000 on Jan. 10 to Cuomo 2014 and another $10,000 on May 1. Also, John A. Catsimatidis sent another $19,000 just last week, on July 10.
At last week’s televised debate against former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and Doe Fund founder George McDonald, Catsimatidis mentioned occasions in which he’s been consulted by the governor. Afterward he gave as an example a meeting he attended with Cuomo and 21 other people before Christmas – from Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Peter King to financier Kenneth Langone – where strategies were discussed for getting the federal government to come through with emergency funding to recover from superstorm Sandy.
Ryan added: "John Catsimatidis is the only candidate for Mayor who can reach out to both sides of the aisle, either in Albany or Washington, so as to get the best deal possible for New York City."
Catsimatidis’ daughter is married to the son of Edward Cox, the GOP chairman – whose job it will be to help nominate an opponent to Cuomo next year.
There have also been in-kind contributions.