New York Guv Andrew Cuomo speaks throughout a press conference prior to the opening of a mass Covid-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York, on February 24, 2021.
Secret financial backers of Andrew Cuomo are pausing and reviewing their assistance for the New york city guv, who has actually been implicated of sexual harassment by two female former aides, according to individuals directly involved in fundraising.
Numerous of these individuals decreased to be determined out of worry of retribution from the guv, who will be the topic of an independent state investigation. Cuomo is running for a 4th term in next year’s election.
” No one is offering to him now. Everything is on hold,” one financing executive stated.
Others revealed their confusion about the crisis Cuomo faces.
” I think individuals who like him and have been with him for a long time are scratching their heads, asking how did he put himself because position,” Bernard Schwartz, a New York business person who has supported Cuomo for many years, informed CNBC on Monday.
” Unless he comes forward and faces it completely and honestly and honestly, he does not deserve a 4th term, even though I like him tremendously,” stated Schwartz, who has actually offered $70,000 to Cuomo’s project given that 2019. Schwartz said he plans to call Cuomo in the coming days.
Cuomo is a moderate Democrat who has actually built a vast and effective network of donors. Since July, his campaign has actually raised over $4 million, state records show. His project began the New Year with a war chest of over $16 million.
The fundraising events and donors are the latest group to push back on Cuomo after the allegations became public. Federal and state Democratic legislators, including President Joe Biden’s administration, have backed an independent investigation into the claims made versus Cuomo.
New York City Attorney General Letitia James’ office is set to select an independent outside attorney to carry out the probe. A Cuomo press agent did not respond to CNBC’s request for remark.
Former Cuomo assistant Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused the governor of asking concerns about her individual life, such as whether she was monogamous in relationships and if she had actually “been with an older guy.”
Cuomo, 63, yielded that he had discussions with assistants that have been “misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.” He has rejected ever wrongly touching or propositioning anybody.
Lindsey Boylan, 36, another former assistant, has actually accused Cuomo of kissing her without permission, among other alleged concerns. He has actually rejected her claims.
The relationships Cuomo has actually developed with his monetary network appeared during the early stages of the governmental primary, when he signified to his donors that they need to support Biden.
John Catsimatidis, a creator of the New York-based Gristedes supermarket chain, is another donor who weighed in on the debate. Catsimatidis, who is expected to run a second time for mayor of New york city as a Republican, did not rule out leaving Cuomo.
” Let’s see what the examinations expose,” Catsimatidis told CNBC on Monday. Catsimatidis provided $10,000 to Cuomo’s campaign in 2018, records reveal.
Several Wall Street executives who are close to Cuomo donors and bundlers informed CNBC on the condition of anonymity that efforts to raise cash have either stopped briefly or are being reevaluated in the wake of the accusations.
” They’re more in a wait-and-see mode. If this blows over, they don’t want to have gotten on the incorrect side of the guv,” someone said. “So they’re in a wait-and-see mode, suggesting not writing a check now but likewise not willing to entirely cut him off yet.”
A long time associate of Cuomo’s who has actually been a regular contributor to his projects told CNBC that the unwanted sexual advances accusations might force New York citizens to look for another leader for their state. Cuomo is involved in other scandals, including the state’s underreporting of retirement home deaths from Covid-19.
On the other hand, corporations that funded Cuomo’s latest run for office, in 2018, and in some cases continued to back him throughout last year are remaining silent on the accusations.
AT&T, Comcast, United Health Group, Ernst and Young, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Bank of America are amongst the significant corporations that have added to Cuomo’s political operation. Agents for JPMorgan and Citi declined to comment. The other business did not react to requests for comment. Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal, which owns CNBC.
After the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, these business opted to either time out contributions to Republican politician and Democratic lawmakers, stop donations to lawmakers who challenged the outcomes of the election, review their overall policy on campaign contributions to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, or suspend their political contributions totally.
Veteran Democratic political strategist Hank Sheinkopf discussed that the majority of corporations aren’t going to press back on Cuomo, a minimum of not yet, because numerous have headquarters in New york city and carry out much of their organization in the state.
“A lot of these corporations are located in New York and have interests in New york city, and they will likely stand with the governor since it remains in their interests to do so,” Sheinkopf said.