The group recently spent around $ 200,000 on a special election for a council seat in Queens, helping former city councilor Jim Gennaro defeat several rivals including Moumita Ahmed, a progressive whose views the group called ” Extreme ‘and’ reckless’.
“It has completely changed the race over the past two weeks,” said Ahmed. It also turned Mr Ross, who supported both former President Donald J. Trump and Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer, into even more of a boogeyman for the left. (Mr. Ross, who owns a stake in Equinox, sparked Democrats’ ire in 2019 when he organized a fundraiser for Mr. Trump.)
The Our City launch video juxtaposes a photo of Mr. Ross in Hudson Yards with a seemingly homeless person sleeping on a cardboard box as a narrator talks about inequality. Mr. Ross declined to comment on the video.
The New York Immigration Coalition is also considering setting up an independent spending committee, according to Murad Awawdeh, the group’s acting co-executive director.
“What progressive organizations and progressives have realized is that super PACs are going to be part of the narrative, and until we have real reform that outlaws them, we need to be able to play the game and to participate in this process, ”Mr. Awawdeh mentioned.
In New York City, mayoral candidates and donors seeking to support them are subject to strict limitations: people who do business with the city can contribute up to $ 400 to a mayoral candidate; other donors are subject to limits varying between $ 2,000 and $ 5,100. Wealthy individuals and businesses can make unlimited contributions to a super PAC under New York City and under federal law, according to Seth Agata, a former attorney in the governor’s office who helped draft New York’s independent spending regulations. York.
While more super PACs are expected to form in the coming weeks, it remains to be seen whether external spending eclipses the nearly $ 16 million spent in the 2013 New York election.