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Spitzer to Fenty: A $1,000 Campaign Donation

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's massive re-election fundraising drive has brought unsurprising results–a boatload of money from the business world (especially real estate developers) along with some smaller chunks of cash from ordinary folks. As of July 31, $2.7 million.

One contribution, though, sticks out among the lawyers and executives: $1,000 from "Spitzer, Eliot" at "985 5th Ave, New York, NY 10021" back in June.

Why does the disgraced former governor of New York have any stake in the mayor's re-election bid?

"I've met him, he's a good person, he's worked hard, and so I like to support candidates like that, people like that who work hard for their city," Spitzer told the Washington City Paper over the phone.

Spitzer's donation came a few months after he helped engineer the purchase by his father's company of a $180 million downtown D.C. office building. Did the purchase affect his decision to support Fenty?

"Absolutely not," Spitzer said. "One has absolutely nothing to do with the other. To suggest the two are related is, frankly, quite stupid."

The mayor is "a friend and somebody who I admire," Spitzer said, but refused to explain their relationship any further. Pressed on the matter, he said only that the two "met in a governmental context."

Fenty said that the donation came from a fundraiser in New York. Who held the fundraiser? "I'll get you that information," said Fenty.

The mayor said he had no second thoughts about accepting donations from a guy who'd used the District as a call-girl liaison pad. He also acknowledged milking his relationship with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other Big Apple muni-luminaries to build up his campaign coffers.

"We've had a great working relationship particularly with the city of New York," he said. "It's a relationship that spans between city hall, education, and our similar passions on that end. There's a strong development community that works between New York and Washington D.C."

Fenty is the third candidate to receive a contribution from the ex-governor, after Mark Green and Cy Vance Jr. Is he flattered by that distinction?

"I guess the best thing to say about any particular donation is every single one of them is important. Every single one of them is appreciated."

Additional reporting by Mike DeBonis

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  • Ward 5

    “I’ll get you that information,” said Fenty.

  • Fred

    Aw, the man who would be president. He just went down in my estimation. What a disappointment. Fenty? Fenty??

  • Truth Hurts

    He should return the money tomorrow because of Spitzer's illegal activities in DC.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Yes, I concur. It's quite stupid to suggest any connection between one corrupt politician and another. Just plain stupid.

  • MichMa

    What an odd amount of money. Just enough to cause trouble and not accomplish much of anything.

  • Ugh

    It would have been nice if he could have donated $1,000 dollars to the legal defense of the people who landed in jail thanks to his philandering. But natch, the John always gets off scot-free.

    But I guess the neoliberal mayoral network loves to support itself...

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  • Summer

    My wish is that someone runs for mayor against him..anyone.. please? The idea that DC may have a second term of Fenty is really concerning.

  • candycane1

    He got money but couldn't name who held the fundraiser? Are we supposed to be that studpid that we accept any damn thing he says? His bullshit is at the level of the abyss. I'm getting more interested in what Leo has to say.

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