De Blasio trails Lhota in big-money sector donations, analysis shows

NYC mayoral candidates Joe Lhota, left, and Bill

NYC mayoral candidates Joe Lhota, left, and Bill de Blasio (Aug. 6, 2013; Sept. 10, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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More than one-third of the $144,000 in contributions made to Republican Joe Lhota's mayoral campaign in the days since his nomination came from donors working in finance, banking, insurance or real estate, according to an analysis of fundraising data.

Lhota's Democratic rival, Bill de Blasio, received 6 percent of his $147,000 in contributions from people in those industries, the analysis shows.

The figures, disclosed to the city's Campaign Finance Board Friday, represent only six days of fundraising since the Sept. 10 primary -- not enough to draw conclusions about fundraising patterns for a campaign with 61/2 weeks to go. Each candidate will be allowed to spend as much as $6.4 million under the city's campaign finance system.

De Blasio, the city's public advocate, has attacked the development-friendly policies of incumbent Michael Bloomberg. De Blasio also calls for higher taxes on New Yorkers making more than $500,000 a year to fund universal prekindergarten.

Lhota, a former Giuliani-era deputy mayor, has said de Blasio's plans are "class warfare" that would cost New York jobs.

Between Sept. 11 and 16, people who work in finance, banks or insurance gave Lhota about $32,100, and de Blasio, $5,800; those in real estate, $20,600 to Lhota, and $3,700 to de Blasio.

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People who work in construction were among the biggest class of donors to de Blasio's campaign, with $26,000. Most of that -- almost $21,000 -- came from more than three dozen employees of a single company, the Manhattan-based environmental engineers Hazen & Sawyer.

Asked about the donations, company president Charles S. Hocking, who was listed as the fundraiser who obtained them, said they were all voluntary. Lhota got $750 from the industry during that period.

Billionaire Republican industrialist David Koch and his wife, Julia, have donated nearly $300,000 to New Yorkers for Proven Leadership, an outside group seeking to elect Lhota, according to the Campaign Finance Board. The group has so far spent more than $100,000 in TV and Internet ads supporting Lhota.

Lhota said Saturday he expected to reach the city-set fundraising cap.

"That's absolutely our goal," Lhota said. "We've got a whole bunch of big fundraisers scheduled over the next couple of weeks, and we feel confident."

Lhota spoke outside a German restaurant on the Upper East Side after campaign stops at a German pride parade and Oktoberfest in Central Park, where he drank a giant beer.

De Blasio held no public events Saturday.

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