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Donors Mixed Over Weiner Scandal

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner's biggest donors in New York City are mixed about whether to continue supporting the Democratic Congressman, whose online sex scandal has captured newspaper headlines for days.

Fertilizer tycoon Alex Rovt said he'll continue to support Weiner, despite the scandal.

"This is between him and his wife," said Rovt, president of IBE Trade, who along with his employees have contributed $12,000 to Weiner in the 2009-2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Rovt, whose net worth is valued at $1.7 billion according to Forbes Magazine, said his evaluation of Weiner is based on what the congressman has done for New York City and New York State, not on these latest revelations.

"He's a leader," Rovt said, adding that he supported Weiner's position on raising taxes on the wealthy. Weiner was an outspoken critic of President Obama's tax compromise with Republicans late last year.

Other donors are taking a wait-and-see approach, including the Mason Tenders District Council of New York, which has contributed $10,000 to Weiner in this cycle.

The union's political director Michael McGuire said the Mason Tenders supported Weiner because the congressman was a champion of the Zadroga bill, which set aside money to pay the health-care costs of those impacted by the World Trade Center attacks, but that they were in "no big hurry" to contribute now, given all the pressure Weiner is under to resign.

Another donor, Bernard Schwartz, CEO of BLS Investments, refused to comment. He along with his employees have donated $9,600 in the 2009-2010 cycle.

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Comments [4]

EjcO from Weinerville

I liked the political scandal timeline on here.....neat....and it got me thinking about these people post scandal...I am no saint and I truly distrust politicians in general but when i look at say an Eliot Spitzer post scandal, and see them teaching in colleges and having CNN talk shows I just feel like i am looking at a pig that moved on to a better farm. Pigs seem to not thrive and not get slaughtered by these scandals.

Jun. 10 2011 10:32 PM
Natalie from Brooklyn, NY

I cannot understand those who refuse to recognize the essential "creepiness" of Weiner's behavior. He has indicated incredible immaturity and poor judgment, not qualities we need more of in our elected officials. My daughter and I come from different generations but are both Democratic liberals and we agree. Aggression and testosterone are closely connected on the human genome. This may explain the psychological reasons behind his aberrant behavior.

Jun. 10 2011 11:56 AM
Shecky from Kutcher's Resort

I understand Fruit of the Loom is still in his corner.

Jun. 10 2011 11:33 AM
Superf88

Congratulations! You have just won the monthly public radio headline contest.

Jun. 10 2011 08:58 AM

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