Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
De Blasio's Lobby Group Has Major Union Backing
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Three unions gave $800,000 combined to Campaign for One New York, the group that lobbied for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's universal pre-kindergarten plan, according to filings the group provided to WNYC Tuesday and submitted to the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics for the bimonthly filing deadline.
The group raised $1.76 million from 66 contributors. Three of the top donors are the American Federation of Teachers contributing $350,000; 1199 SEIU healthcare workers union contributing $250,000; and UNITE HERE, which represents hotel workers, contributing $200,000.
Through June, the lobby group spent $1.6 million, with more than half of that money paying for an ad starring First Lady Chirlane McCray.
With pre-k set to start in September, the group is taking on the rest of the mayor's agenda, such as affordable housing, and plans to continue fundraising and lobbying.