Real estate donations help Governor Hochul amass campaign fortune


Hospitals, nursing homes and other health groups, which won major victories in Ms. Hochul’s budget, including retention bonuses for frontline health workers, also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. For two days in October and December, for example, more than 60 LLCs associated with retirement or rehabilitation homes all donated $1,000 or more each.

Three family members associated with the Haugland Group, a Long Island construction and energy company with lucrative government contracts at Kennedy Airport and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, donated more than $200,000 in total.

The political arm of gambling giant Genting, which operates facilities in New York state, contributed $47,100. Gambling companies have been pushing the state to expand legal gambling for years and now stand to benefit from Ms. Hochul’s plan to expedite the opening of three new casinos, likely in the New York area.

Two PACs associated with the influential Hotel Trades Council, a group whose members will benefit from Mrs. Hochul’s Plan to inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the tourism industry, donated nearly $150,000.

In total, Ms. Hochul has received $3 million from hundreds of political action committees set up to influence state policy on issues as broad as Medicare spending and as narrow as winter recreation. The New York State Snowmobile PAC, a group dedicated to “to educate the state legislature and administration on the magnitude of snowmobiling on the state’s economy,” wrote a check for $5,000.

Many donations have been directed to Ms. Hochul’s account by Albany lobbying firms, some of which have hosted events for the governor or directly contributed to his campaign. Among them was David N. Weinraub, one of Albany’s top lobbyists who contributed $25,000 of his own money, organized a fundraiser, and led $16,000 in contributions from a PAC associated with his company, Brown and Weinraub.

Large checks have also been received from a wave of well-known Democratic business and entertainment donors, such as comedian Jerry Seinfeld, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. who each donated $50,000 or more. Media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, gave the governor $75,000 between them.


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