New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during an announcement at a press conference from the stage at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan in New York City, New York, Jan.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raised over $ 2 million from some of New York’s top donors despite being accused of sexual harassment by former aides.
Cuomo’s re-election campaign also paid his law firm, Glavin PLLC, over $ 280,000 while the New York Attorney General was under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Cuomo has denied wrongdoing.
The two payments to the firm came in May and June. New York attorney general Letitia James announced in February that she would oversee the investigation into the allegations of misconduct. The New York Times reported that Cuomo is expected to be questioned by investigators on Saturday.
Despite all of the controversy surrounding Cuomo, many members of the New York business community seemed to gather around him. The Democratic governor began raising funds earlier this year and is due for re-election in 2022. CNBC previously reported on the donors who decided to suspend their contributions to Cuomo after several scandals emerged.
A Cuomo spokesman did not return a request for comment.
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Stephen Ross, a billionaire and chairman of real estate giant Related Companies, gave Cuomo $ 25,000 in late June. Ross also owns the Miami Dolphins. Laurance Rockefeller Jr., a member of the ultra-rich Rockefeller family, gave $ 10,000 that same month. Cuomo hosted a fundraiser for a big money campaign last month, and Rockefeller told the Associated Press at the time that he was sticking with Cuomo.
“We have a due process in this country,” said Rockefeller.
Dennis Mehiel, a New York businessman and friend of President Joe Biden, donated $ 12,500 in June. Dennis Arfa, the CEO of Artist Group International, donated $ 10,000 last month. Arfa is also a longtime agent for music legend Billy Joel. Two Cablevision of Southern Westchester and Altice companies also contributed to Cuomo’s re-election campaign in July.
Cuomo is also on trial over other controversies, including his handling of nursing home deaths during the coronavirus pandemic and a massive book deal.