Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to be the national voice of the left — which resulted in his aborted attempt to stage an Iowa presidential forum — cost his political non-profit close to $400,000, according to records released Friday night.
The Campaign for One New York, which de Blasio formed shortly after being elected, spent a whopping $383,537.84 on the “Progressive Agenda,” which lobbies D.C. on liberal issues.
Much of that went to consultants, including a hefty $215,000 payout to the firm AKPD, which was founded by de Blasio campaign guru John Del Cecato.
Del Cecato famously created the ad that starred Dante de Blasio and his afro in the 2013 City Hall race.
The Progressive Agenda tried and failed to persuade the 2016 presidential candidates to attend a forum on income inequality that it planned in Iowa.
No one wanted to come, so it was canceled.
One New York, which as a non-profit operates outside the city’s strict campaign finance laws, raised a total of $485,009.49 over the filing period that just ended.
That’s considerably less than the $1.5 million it raised in the previous six months filing period.
From Capital New York:
The decline in donors also comes after POLITICO New York and other news outlets reported that a significant percentage of donors to the fund gave money even as they also had other business before City Hall.
A review by POLITICO New York of the fund’s donors found 62 percent of the businesses or individuals who gave to the campaign between January 2015 and July of 2015 also had either business or labor contracts with the city, or were seeking approval for specific projects at the time that they donated.