On Friday it was revealed that Bill de Blasio raised $635K to Joe
Lhota's $280K during the most recent financial disclosure period from
September 17th through September 30th. As David Chen points out,
the two candidates were neck and neck in fundraising the day after the
primary, but de Blasio's support surged after polls showed him ahead by
40 points (and it might get worse for Lhota). We poked around the New York City Campaign Finance Board's handy searchable database to see who is emptying their pockets for a Mayor de Blasio.
First: the Big Names. De Blasio said he'd build (metaphysical) "spaces" for Occupy Wall Street to thrive in, but Zuccotti Park's namesake, John Zuccotti of Brookfield Properties, donated $4,950 to the candidate during the last filing period, the maximum amount allowed by law. Perhaps he was pleased that de Blasio stayed home on the 17th.
Real estate developer Ben Shaoul, who sits on the vanguard of gentrification in the East Village, also donated the $4,950 maximum to de Blasio in the past few weeks. So did real estate mogul Ed Scheetz.
Michael Ratner, Karen Ranucci, and Ellen Ratner, who are developer Bruce Ratner's
brother, sister-in-law, and sister, respectively, all donated the
maximum amount to de Blasio's campaign on the 24th and the 25th.