Fenty and Gray Carve Up the Real Estate World
On Monday, Jonathan O'Connell drilled down into the economic development platforms of Mayor Adrian Fenty and would-be mayor Vince Gray. In a nutshell, he concludes that while Fenty has gone for big developments–many of which haven't yet been built–Gray would focus on fewer projects, and emphasize the steady-job-generating tourism industry. We also get a bit of an overview of who favors whom in D.C. economic development:
[William] Hanbury is leading a small pool of other economic development and workforce leaders who — feeling scorned by the current mayor — consider mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D), chairman of the D.C. Council, to be a worthy steward of the city's economy. Fenty, by contrast, has received support from nearly every real estate developer in the city, allowing him to amass nearly $5 million in political donations with less than a month to go before the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.
I finally had some time to wade through the August 10th campaign finance reports, and thought we could add a bit more detail to O'Connell's fine analysis. Here are a few notables.
CAMP FENTY: Overall, Fenty's 597 donors this period (since June 10th) include a lot of Floridians and Californians, as well as:
- The venerable law firm Arnold & Porter, which has done a lot of pro bono work (including tenants at the Deauville Apartments) donated $2,000.
- Urban Investment Partners, which was in the news most recently for its management of Marbury Plaza, is a huge fan. Through Marbury Plaza, it donated $2,000. LLCs tied to four other properties donated $500 each. UIP Property Management gave $500, a senior vice president gave $250, and the company's CEO David Zwieg chipped in $100 for good measure.
- Novo Development Corporation, company of newly-appointed Zoning Commissioner Greg Selfridge, gave $500.
- Barrett Linde, of Linde Development, gave $1,000.
- Downtown office building baron the Bernstein Companies gave $2,000.
- Fernando Lemos, founder of affordable housing developer Mi Casa, gave $100–not much, but significant because much of the affordable housing community has been upset with Fenty.
- Vincent Policy, the Greenstein, DeLorme and Luchs lawyer who is threatening to challenge the constitutional basis of rent control should it be made permanent, gave $1,000.
- David Haresign, of the prominent eponymous architecture firm, gave $500.
- Andrew Schaeffer, owner of the huge lot that will likely become a Wal-Mart, donated $1,000 (and $500 to Gray!)
- Unrelated but fun: Big-time political consultant Elmendorf Strategies gave $2,000, Veep progeny Hunter Biden forked over $250, Coca Cola gave $2,000, and Democratic power broker Tony Podesta gave $500.
CAMP GRAY: Gray's 2,261 donors include a ton of cab drivers, as well as quite a few teachers, unions, and:
Zoning Commission chairman Anthony Hood gave $50.
- Former Historic Preservation Review Board chairman Tersh Boasberg–who had no comment on the Fenty administration when I interviewed him a few months ago–gave $500.
- Real estate lawyering powerhouse Holland & Knight gave $500.
- The William N. Cafritz Trust, named for the brother of local real estate tycoon Conrad Cafritz and son of Morris, gave $2,000.
- Nicholas Majett, a communications staffer for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, gave $250.
- Fort Lincoln Realty Company–whose president Michele Hagans controls the future Costco site in Fort Lincoln–gave $1,000, and Delores Hagans gave another $1,000.
- David Bowers, who heads up the D.C. office of nationwide affordable housing financier Enterprise Community Partners, gave $150.
- Hamel Builders gave $1,000.
- Michael Pitchford, president of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, gave $1,000.
- Former Ward 7 councilmember and massive developer H.R. Crawford gave $1,500 (making it $2,000 in 2010).
- Richard Bradley, president of the Downtown BID, gave $500.
- Joseph Horning, of residential and retail building owner Horning Brothers–which is also one of the partners developing Parcel 42–donated $2,000.
- Local condo designer Eric Colbert gave $500.