De Blasio Continues to Postpone His Donor List’s Release
On Friday, August 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he “has to find the time” to provide a list of campaign donors who didn’t receive favors from City Hall. He made a promise in May 2016 to release this information, which he keeps finding ways to postpone.
During his weekly appearance on WYNC radio, the mayor committed to a deadline for the revealing of the long-awaited list that the mayor called “a pretty small thing in the scheme of things.”
He was first asked if he could provide the list before the Democratic primary, to which he responded, “I commit to publishing an op-ed, and I have to find the time to do it, and I will try to do it as soon as possible.”
De Blasio finally responded saying, “Sure,” when Lehrer asked if he could at least guarantee the list by November 7, the general election.
However, the mayor would provide no exact dates. He said, “I am not going to get into the micro-management of the oped. It’s a small thing, but I will get it done.”
On Thursday, August 10, the mayor’s GOP challenger, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, criticized the administrations lack of transparency and revealed a “count-up” clock to track how many days have passed since the promise to release the donor list was made by de Blasio.
The Post reports, “On May 18, 2016, de Blasio promised to release examples of a ‘stunning number of donors and supporters’ to his 2013 campaign and now-shuttered political nonprofit who came away empty-handed. After making the initial pledge, the mayor pushed back the timeline until federal and state investigators completed their inquiries into his fundraising practices, which they did in March 2017. On April 19, de Blasio said he still planned to release the list — but said it would likely be published in the form of an op-ed by the end of that month.”
However, the productions of it has yet to be seen.
“I commit to publishing an op-ed, and I have to find the time to do it, and I will try to do it as soon as possible.”
A year and a half has nearly passed since Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to release the list of his donors.