Cuomo’s Fashion Designer Financier

Cuomo decries money in politics before attending fundraiser


New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo left a press conference where he touted campaign finance crackdowns to attend a $20,000 per plate fundraising dinner, reports New York’s Capital Tonight:

Hours after he spoke at length with reporters about the evils of money in politics and his plan to take up the gauntlet to reduce its power, the governor headed down to Manhattan where he attended an exclusive fund-raiser at the home of his sister, Maria, and her husband, fashion designer Kenneth Cole.

A Democratic tipster told me the event was a $20,000-a-head dinner to benefit Cuomo’s campaign committee, Cuomo 2014. It took place at One Sutton Place, where Mario Cuomo and Kenneth Cole purchased a $14.5 million co-op back in 2008.

Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto confirmed the fund-raiser, describing it as "small."

He pulled the same about-face in May when he raised $450,000 after decrying the influence of money in politics in a radio appearance.