New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks whereas making an announcement at a information convention from the stage at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in Manhattan in New York Metropolis, New York, Could 17, 2021.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised over $2 million from a few of New York’s prime donors regardless of being accused of sexual harassment by former aides.
Cuomo’s reelection marketing campaign additionally paid his lawyer’s agency, Glavin PLLC, over $280,000 whereas he was underneath investigation by the the New York state lawyer normal’s workplace for alleged sexual misconduct. Cuomo has denied wrongdoing.
The 2 funds to the legislation agency got here in Could and June. New York Lawyer Common Letitia James introduced in February she could be overseeing the investigation into the misconduct allegations. The New York Occasions reported that Cuomo is anticipated to be questioned by investigators on Saturday.
Even with all of the controversy surrounding Cuomo, many members of the New York enterprise group appeared to rally round him. The Democratic governor started elevating the funds earlier within the yr and is up for reelection in 2022. CNBC beforehand reported on the donors who selected to pause their contributions to Cuomo after a number of scandals arose.
A spokesman for Cuomo didn’t return a request for remark.
Stephen Ross, a billionaire and the chair of actual property big Associated Corporations, gave $25,000 to Cuomo in late June. Ross additionally owns the Miami Dolphins. Laurance Rockefeller Jr., a member of the ultrawealthy Rockefeller household, gave $10,000 that very same month. Cuomo hosted a giant cash marketing campaign fundraising occasion final month and Rockefeller instructed the Related Press on the time that he was sticking with Cuomo.
“We’ve got due course of on this nation,” Rockefeller mentioned.
Dennis Mehiel, a New York businessman and pal of President Joe Biden, gave $12,500 in June. Dennis Arfa, the CEO of Artist Group Worldwide, gave $10,000 final month. Arfa can be a longtime agent for music legend Billy Joel. Two companies of Cablevision of Southern Westchester and Altice additionally contributed to Cuomo’s reelection marketing campaign in July.
Cuomo can be underneath scrutiny for different controversies, together with his dealing with of nursing house deaths through the coronavirus pandemic and a large e-book deal.