Mayor de Blasio's Campaign for One New York fund hit a trifecta on May 27, 2015 — courtesy of lobbyist extraordinaire James Capalino.
The group first received a $10,000 check from Capalino. That same day, identical checks arrived from two of the lobbyist’s deep-pocketed clients, RAL Development and Cipriani USA, for a total of $30,000.
And the very next day, Capalino was on the phone with the man himself — Mayor de Blasio.
Not bad for a guy who, as a lobbyist doing business with the city, is barred from giving more than $400 to a candidate per election.
The mayor’s website and Capalino insist the phone chat concerned a proposed (and ultimately failed) helicopter ban, and Capalino says donations to the mayor’s cause never came up.
Whether anything else came up remains a mystery as City Hall refuses to say whether notes of these lobbying chats exist.