Industry Update
External Article 3 September 2019

Nearly 30% of de Blasio’s campaign funds came from New York hotel industry

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Politics may make for strange bedfellows, but few are cozier than Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Big Apple's hotel industry.

After getting a big boost during his first mayoral race from a cousin tied to the city's hotel workers union, de Blasio has been buoyed by a flood of contributions from both labor and management that amounts to nearly 30% of the $2.3 million fueling his bid for the White House, records show.

A chunk of cash came from nearly 5,000 members of the New York Hotel Trades Council, which represents housekeepers, front-desk clerks and other workers and is the only labor organization to endorse de Blasio's struggling presidential campaign.

The favors flow both ways, with hotels benefitting from de Blasio's battle against Airbnb and other services that offer tourists short-term apartment rentals in violation of state law.

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