From the NY Times:
At the very beginning, the 19th-century political boss William M. Tweed was given stock in the Brooklyn Bridge company in exchange for his support.
Ms. Katz, who is running for city comptroller, has received major financial support from the real estate industry, whose interests she helps to oversee on the Land Use Committee. So far, people from Two Trees have contributed $29,700. And Mr. Walentas and his father, David, were on the finance committee for a Katz fund-raiser in June.
“There are only so many people you can go to for donations,” Ms. Katz said. “I’ve been in tough negotiations with developers who are doing projects all over the city and have pushed them for more affordable housing” and other community benefits. Like Ms. Quinn, she said that she had not made up her mind about the new project, and that donations did not sway her judgment.
Funny that Katz said that she hadn't made up her mind. When Walentas ran into another Councilmember last week and asked whether he was going to vote for Dock Street, the Councilmember asked whether the Land Use committee was in favor. Walentas replied, "The Land Use Committee is all locked up." Katz is the Chair of Land Use, of course.