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Fenty Machine Takes on NYC

Everybody knows by now about the friendship between Mayor Fenty and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Now, Bloomberg is paying off in more ways than just providing Fenty a road map for education reform and a school chancellor.

Bloomberg hosted a recent fundraiser for Fenty's 2010 re-election campaign, sources tell us, and it appears to have paid off big-time in the mayor's campaign war-chest. Fenty's first filiing with the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance includes a number of big name Manhattanites, including Jonathan Tisch, chairman of the Lowes Hotel group, billionaire Ronald Perelman, former Senator Alfonse D'Amato and Pittsburgh Steelers investor Stanley Druckenmiller.

In all, Fenty received more than $60,000 from people with New York addresses, though it is not certain that all of them were recruited by Bloomberg, who is not listed as a contributor.

By David A Nakamura  |  February 3, 2009; 3:22 PM ET
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All that NY money sounds good and really adds up. Fortunately, votes counted in DC are tallied for elections.

Posted by: southyrndiva | February 3, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

you have to have money--no matter which state or city in which it is collected--to get the message and votes out. dc is an expensive jurisdiction in which to campaign and all your donors aren't going to come from dc's 8 wards. the more important point is the interest people in those states or cities have in participating in dc public policy and business. will they do good in dc without tromping over residents, particularly minority businesses? will they do right by dc by contacting their legislators to support dc voting rights and autonomy so they can do public policy and business in dc?

so, let fenty raise campaign contributions from outside dc just hold him account in leveraging those donors to do good in dc.

Posted by: DeanwoodCitizen | February 4, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

You're right, Deanwood Citizen. But my point in the comment is who will hold him accountable in DC for anything? He already does whatever he wants to do without ever being held accountable.

Posted by: southyrndiva | February 4, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

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