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Dan Goldman spills $1 million fortune in fierce house race


Levi Strauss & Co. heir Dan Goldman poured $1 million of his fortune into his congressional campaign ahead of the Aug. 23 Democratic primary, campaign records reveal.

Goldman, the lead House counsel in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, who is worth between $64 million and $253 million according to financial disclosure reports, is running in the newly drawn 10th congressional district that includes lower Manhattan and parts of brownstone and southwest Brooklyn.

The $1 million contribution was listed in a 48-hour report released to the Federal Election Commission on Saturday.

Goldman also generated more than $200,000 in donations from relatives and other associates connected to the Levi Strauss denim empire and also received a contribution from one of Trump’s friends, the owner of Related Co. and the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, reveal campaign documents.

Political analysts have said Goldman’s decision to inject his own wealth into the campaign is a double-edged sword in what is expected to be a low turnout primary from mostly liberal Democratic voters, many of whom hate the big money in politics.

Some potential major influencers on the left — including the New York Times — have yet to endorse the race.

MP Yuh-Line Niou is among the top candidates in the race.
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Conversely, money helps Goldman get its message across.

“Goldman wants to be on the air for the last two weeks of the campaign,” said political consultant Chris Coffey.

Other high-profile candidates in the race include Councilman Carlina Rivera and MK Yuh-Line Niou; suburban representative Mondaire Jones, who moved to the district; former Brooklyn district attorney and congresswoman Liz Holtzman; Brooklyn Assemblyman Jo Ann Simon; activist mother Maud Maron and military veterinarian and Chinese anti-communist activist Yan Xiong.

Dan Goldman spills $1 million fortune in fierce house race
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera is among many candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 10th congressional district.
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Dan Goldman spills $1 million fortune in fierce house race
Congressional candidate Dan Goldman walks with his daughter during this year’s Pride parade on June 26, 2022.
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Former two-term mayor Bill de Blasio, who resides in the Park Slope portion of the district, recently stood down as a candidate for the seat, citing a lack of support.

Former three-term billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg used his enormous wealth to help win three mayoral elections.

But former Harlem congressman Charles Rangel said the candidate with the best voter turnout and political base would win.

Dan Goldman spills $1 million fortune in fierce house race
Political experts say voter turnout could be low in this primary.
Dan Goldman for New York

“The victory will be the candidate who withdraws his political base,” Rangel told the Post on Saturday.

Goldman spokeswoman Simone Kanter, when asked about the $1 million self-funding, said: “Since this run began, we’ve been overwhelmed with the most local donors and the most money. collection.”

He then fired on other candidates.

“Unlike Mondaire Jones, who funneled millions from her Rockland County district and broke her promise not to take money from corporate PACs, and Carlina Rivera who takes money from lobbyists and vested interests. individuals, Dan has chosen to spend his time with voters, and that’s who he will answer to,” Kanter said.

The 10th Congressional District was redrawn by court order following the Democratic Party’s gerrymandering debacle, eliminating Manhattan’s Upper West Side from the district and adding more parts of Brooklyn.

Current 10th District Congressman under the old card, Jerrold Nadler, has decided to run for re-election in the newly drawn 12th District against incumbent Carolyn Maloney after his UWS territory was integrated into that district which includes the east side of Manhattan.

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