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NYPIRG Largest Donors of Past Year

NYPIRG Largest Donors of Past Year

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ANALYSIS: 127 DONORS EACH GAVE $50,000 OR MORETO STATE COMMITTEES OVER PAST YEAR
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Friday February 3, 2012 Bill Mahoney, (518) 817-3738127 donors gave state-level candidates and political parties $50,000 or more over the past year.
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Togetherthey gave $16,837,067.93, more than a third of all the money raised by these committees. Many of thesedonors
took advantage of the various loopholes in New York’s campaign finance law: individuals gave more
than the $150,000 annual limit by donating to political parties
’ housekeeping accounts, and businesses used
corporate subsidiaries and multiple LLCs to greatly surpass their corporate $5,000 annual aggregate limit.Of the donors who gave $50,000 or more, Governor Cuomo received the most money: $2,959,426.04 from79 of these 127. Attorney General Schneiderman came in 11
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with $334,500 from these sources, and wasfollowed by Senators McDonald (13
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), Saland (14
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), Alesi (15
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), Skelos (16
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), Grisanti (18
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), and Libous(20
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). Comptroller DiNapoli came in 19
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; the remaining eleven largest recipients on the top twenty listwere party committees.The following chart lists each of the 127, the total amount they gave, who the largest recipient(s) were, andbrief donor profile information. For donors that lobby, the dollar amount and ranking provided for the theirlobby expenditures represent the first ten months of 2011, the most recent time frame for which completeinformation is available.In many cases, it was clear that differently-named corporations were actually subsidiaries of one business.For example, if multiple LLCs were found based out of one address, their ownership was checked in the
Department of State’s database of corporations and often linked to a single source. However, it is possibl
ethat some donors who used companies with dissimilar names that wrote checks from different addresseshave not yet been identified as being connected. Until campaign finance disclosure requirements arereformed to illuminate these relationships, there will likely be a few donors for whom the full extent of theircontributions is not accurately identified.RANK DONOR TOTAL LARGEST DONATION(S)1LEONARD LITWIN &HOLDINGS $698,300.00 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($125,000)Company Glenwood Management #23 lobby client in NYS, spending $641,382 in first 10 months of 2011 onlobbying. Issues lobbied on include "real estate and related land use and environmental issues" and "tenant
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This report looks at the most recent year available: Jan. 12, 2011 through Jan. 11, 2012.
 
legislation." LLCs through which he gave include 56th Realty, 79th St Realty, 80th Realty, 92nd Realty, Arwin 74thSt., Arwin 88th St., Barclay St. Realty, Briar Hill Realty, Columbus 60th Realty, E 103rd St., E 46th Realty, E 77 Realty,E 81 Realty, E 8th Realty, Liberty Street Realty, River York Barclay, Tribeca North End, and West 37th St Parking.2 VOTE/COPE (NYSUT) $639,204.00 WORKING FAMILIES PARTY, INC. ($140,000)#3 lobby client ($4,076,582). In NYPIRG's annual ranking of interest groups by combined lobbying expenses andcampaign contributions, NYSUT has finished in the top 5 in all but one year since 19943 LAWPAC OF NEW YORK $590,750.00NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC)($102,300)#20 lobby client ($709,290)4AUTHUR H. CHRISTY EXEC.ESTATE OF HENRYSANDERS $542,710.10CONSERVATIVE PARTY NYS (HEADQUARTERS ACCOUNT)($542,710.1)Bequeathed this money to the NY Conservative Party.
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 5 EMPIRE DENTAL PAC $487,643.00 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($102,300)$138,585 spent as lobby client6 TIME WARNER CABLE $438,705.13NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($162,662.52)#40 lobby client ($389,584)7 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG $371,500.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($250,000)In 2011, Bloomberg also spent $5.6 million running ads in New York City. Over the years, he may have put moremoney into New York state and local politics than any previous individual, union, or business. Even after adjustingfor inflation, Bloomberg spent more personal money in 2009's mayoral election alone than Nelson Rockefeller didin four statewide elections.8 GNYHA $366,550.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($200,000)#7 lobby client ($1,301,350); half of #2 client (1199 & GNYHA Healthcare Edu. Project) ($6,802,949M)9 HANYS PAC $341,705.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($80000)#9 lobby client ($1,181,056)10 1199 SEIU $325,950.00 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($100,000)#44 lobby client ($352,998); also lobbies as half of #2 client (1199 & GNYHA Healthcare Edu. Project) ($6,802,949)11RPAC NYS ASSOCIATIONOF REALTORS $319,199.92 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($112,500)#11 lobby client ($954,547)12NYS CORRECTIONOFFICERS P.B.A(NYSCOPBA PAC) $273,783.12NYS DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (DACC), NYSSENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($57,500)$141,748 spent as lobby client13MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THESTATE OF NY PAC-STATEFUND $250,850.00 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($82,000)#13 lobby client ($909,422)
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http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Campaign-donations-come-from-new-and-old-sources-2674417.php.
 
14 PAUL SINGER $242,200.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($100,000)Republican financier who supported gay marriage efforts,
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founder of Elliott Management.15 DANIEL LOEB $236,567.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($150,000)Republican financier who supported gay marriage efforts.
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 16 CABLEVISION $235,317.32 ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. ($55,000)#16 lobby client ($816,077)17 STEVEN ROTH $227,200.00NEW YORK STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE (HOUSEKEEPING)($100,000)Real estate developer who reportedly was partially motivated by gay marriage debate.
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Serves as Chairman of theBoard of Vornado Realty Trust, which made some campaign contributions not included in this total and was the#67 lobby client ($288,005)18 H.J. KALIKOW LLC $222,000.00NEW YORK REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($100,000)Real estate firm led by the former MTA chairman Peter Kalikow.19 JONATHAN POLLOCK $217,900.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($100,000)Wall Street executive who supported gay marriage.
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 20EMPIRE MERCHANTSNORTH, LLC AND EMPIREMERCHANTS, LLC $215,650.00 ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. ($85,000)Spent $153,726 lobbying on issues dealing with alcohol shipping.21 VERIZON $202,400.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($99,000)#10 lobby client ($1,021,727)22 REAL ESTATE BOARD PAC $197,075.00FRIENDS FOR THE ELECTION OF DEAN SKELOS, CARLUCCI FOR NEWYORK, COMMITTEE TO ELECT MCDONALD TO THE SENATE, NEWYORKERS FOR KLEIN ($103,00)#47 lobby client ($347,501)23PHARMACEUTICALRESEARCH ANDMANUFACTURERS OFAMERICA (PHARMA) $196,700.00NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE - HOUSEKEEPING($125,000)#38 lobby client ($427,694)24NEW YORK STATETROOPERS PAC $184,546.02 NYS SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE ($45,000)The PBA of the NYS Troopers spent $2,266 lobbying.25WILSON, ELSER,MOSKOWITZ, EDELMAN &DICKER $173,719.40 ANDREW CUOMO 2014, INC. ($25,000)
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