Half of DeB funds go­ing out of town

New York Post - - NEWS - By FRANK RYAN

Mayor de Bla­sio likes us­ing tax­payer money to cre­ate “good-pay­ing” lo­cal jobs — un­less he’s cam­paign­ing.

De Bla­sio’s re-elec­tion bid has spent $1.27 mil­lion at busi­nesses head­quar­tered or lo­cated out­side the five bor­oughs, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign fi­nance records through Aug. 28.

That’s nearly half of roughly $2.7 mil­lion shelled out by the cam­paign, in­clud­ing out­stand­ing bills, since de Bla­sio took of­fice in 2014.

The money went to­ward of­fice technology, po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tants, polling and other ser­vices sold by com­pa­nies as far away as San Fran­cisco and as close as Yonkers.

Rev­o­lu­tion Mes­sag­ing, an agency in Washington, DC, has been paid $268,130 since last Septem­ber for dig­i­tal work, Web site de­vel­op­ment and online ad­ver­tis­ing con­sult­ing.

That com­pany was founded by mem­bers of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s 2008 cam­paign and Sen. Bernie San­ders’ 2016 bid, pro­vid­ing “au­then­tic dig­i­tal sto­ry­telling for pro­gres­sive causes,” ac­cord­ing to its Web site.

De Bla­sio’s cam­paign paid ADP Pay­roll So­lu­tions, based in El Paso, Texas, $228,372 be­tween March 2016 and this past Au­gust, records show.

The cam­paign also splurged while fund-rais­ing out­side the city, spend­ing $168,185 on ho­tels, cater­ing and clubs na­tion­wide.

In June, de Bla­sio out­lined a 10year plan to cre­ate jobs pay­ing more than $50,000 a year us­ing at least $1.35 bil­lion in pub­lic funds.

“Some be­lieve in sup­ply-side eco­nom­ics,” de Bla­sio said then. “Oth­ers, like my­self, be­lieve the role of gov­ern­ment is to make smart in­vest­ments that build a bet­ter so­ci­ety, and that we have an op­por­tu­nity in this city to shape the econ­omy of the fu­ture.”

The mayor’s re-elec­tion cam­paign has re­ceived $2.87 mil­lion in pub­lic match­ing funds so far.

De Bla­sio cam­paign spokesman Dan Le­vi­tan dis­missed ques­tions about the out-of-town spend­ing, in­clud­ing $21,180 to New Jersey­based Ox­ford Health In­sur­ance.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of our re­sources are used com­mu­ni­cat­ing di­rectly with New York­ers, and the vast ma­jor­ity of our cam­paign team — in­clud­ing con­sul­tants — lives and works in New York City,” Le­vi­tan said. “To sug­gest we are spend­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately by us­ing . . . a ma­jor New York health in­surer is be­yond silly.”

De Bla­sio’s ri­val, Assem­bly­woman Ni­cole Mal­lio­takis (R-SI), spent only around 30 per­cent of her cam­paign cash out­side the city.

We have an op­por­tu­nity in this city to shape the econ­omy of the fu­ture.

— Mayor de Bla­sio in June on in­vest­ing in the city, while his cam­paign funds go to out-of-town com­pa­nies


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