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Hochul Amassed a Campaign Fortune. Here’s Who it Came From. – The New York Times

Hospitals, nursing homes and other health groups, who scored significant victories in Ms. Hochul’s budget, including retention bonuses for frontline health workers, gave hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well. Over two days in October and December, for example, more than 60 LLCs associated with nursing or rehabilitation homes all gave $1,000 or more apiece.

Three family members associated with the Haugland Group, a Long Island construction and energy firm with lucrative state contracts at Kennedy Airport and with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, gave more than $200,000 altogether.

The political arm of the gaming giant, Genting, which operates facilities in New York State, contributed $47,100. Gaming companies have pushed the state to expand legal gambling for years and now stand to benefit from Ms. Hochul’s plan to accelerate the opening of three new casinos, likely in the New York City area.

Two PACs associated with the influential Hotel Trades Council, a group whose members will benefit from Ms. Hochul’s plan to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the tourism industry, gave nearly $150,000.

In total, Ms. Hochul took in $3 million from hundreds of political action committees set up to influence state policy on matters as broad as Medicare spending and as narrow as winter recreation. The New York State Snowmobile PAC, a group dedicated to “educating the State Legislature and administration on the magnitude snowmobiling has on the state economy,” wrote a $5,000 check.

Many of the donations were steered into Ms. Hochul’s account by Albany lobbying firms, some of which either hosted events for the governor or directly contributed to her campaign. Among them was David N. Weinraub, one of Albany’s leading lobbyists who contributed $25,000 of his own money, hosted a fund-raiser and directed a $16,000 in contributions from a PAC associated with his firm, Brown and Weinraub.

Large checks also came in from a rash of well-known Democratic donors from business and entertainment, like the comedian Jerry Seinfeld, the former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt, and a founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, who each gave $50,000 or more. Barry Diller, the media mogul, and his wife, the fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, gave the governor $75,000 between them.



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