Simply have deep pockets...
New York-based corporations and philanthropists are paying more attention to the fund than ever. And while Mr. Bloomberg often says he is not beholden to special interests because he does need campaign contributions, the fund is one way for those with business before government to attempt to get on the mayor's good side. JPMorgan Chase, for example, is seeking tax breaks for a new headquarters. The Starr Foundation is controlled by Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, who, along with the foundation, was the target of a probe by Eliot Spitzer when Mr. Spitzer was attorney general.
Mayor's Fund Attracting Big Money From Business
Donors who have interests in the city are not hard to find. Filings going back to October 2004 show that the lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig donated between $5,000 and $20,000 to the fund. Forest City Ratner, the developer on the Atlantic Yards project, gave between $250,000 and $499,999. And, the Indy Racing League, which is hoping to open a track on Governors Island, made a donated between $5,000 and $20,000. A spokesman for the league, John Griffin, said the league was asked to make a donation after it was granted permission from the city to stage a publicity event in Times Square.
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