Cuomo backers pause fundraising amid sexual harassment claims: report

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may lose essential monetary backing as he faces an impartial investigation into sexual harassment allegations from two former aides.

Fundraisers and donors advised CNBC they’re pausing and reevaluating their assist of Cuomo, who has mentioned he will probably be in search of a fourth time period when he’s up for reelection subsequent yr.

“Nobody is giving to him now. All the things is on maintain,” one finance govt advised the outlet.

The highly effective Democrat’s marketing campaign has raised greater than $four million since July, and began 2021 with a conflict chest of $16 million.

However a number of Wall Road executives near Cuomo donors and bundlers advised the community that efforts to boost funds have both halted or are being rethought amid the allegations.

“They’re in a wait-and-see mode, which means not writing a test now but in addition not keen to fully minimize him off but,” one particular person advised the outlet.

“f this blows over, they don’t need to have gotten on the improper aspect of the governor,” the supply added.

New York businessman Bernard Schwartz, who has given $70,000 to Cuomo’s marketing campaign since 2019, mentioned the governor might not deserve one other time period.

“Until he comes ahead and faces it fully and overtly and actually, he doesn’t deserve a fourth time period, though I like him immensely,” Schwartz advised CNBC.

“I feel individuals who like him and have been with him for a very long time are scratching their heads asking, how did he put himself in that place,” he added.

However billionaire enterprise mogul John Catsimatidis, who gave $10,000 to Cuomo’s marketing campaign in 2018, advised The Publish he isn’t bailing on the gov simply but.

“Cuomo has explaining to do however we must always give him an opportunity to show his innocence,” Catsimatidis mentioned.

“The folks I speak to [say] there’s a greater probability of Cuomo surviving this than not.”

Nonetheless, the Cuomo marketing campaign possible gained’t be asking for donations till the mud settles, mentioned Kathry Wylde, CEO of the Partnership for New York Metropolis, which reps most of the Huge Apple’s donor-rich monetary providers corporations and enterprise moguls.

“I doubt contributors have had a possibility to digest the state of affairs,” Wylde advised The Publish.

“However it will be stunning if the governor is soliciting marketing campaign donations till the investigation of the sexual harassment accusations is accomplished.”

In the meantime, companies who backed Cuomo in 2018 — together with AT&T, Comcast, Citigroup, JP Morgan and Financial institution of America — possible gained’t push again on him immediately, insiders mentioned.

“Many of those companies are situated in New York and have pursuits in New York and they’ll possible stand with the governor as a result of it’s of their pursuits to take action,” Democratic political strategist Hank Sheinkopf advised CNBC.