Gov. Kathy Hochul resides the excessive life — hitting up movie producers and the marijuana business to assist bankroll her re-election marketing campaign, the Post has discovered.
The Hochul marketing campaign is holding a fat-cat bash on the Upper East Side on October 12, the place the asking value per admission is $15,000 to $50,000.
Film producer Jana Edelbaum and her husband, Michael Abbott, co-founder and chairman of the hashish agency Columbia Care, presently licensed to offer medicinal marijuana to New York sufferers, are residents on the constructing on East eightieth Street.
The fundraising blitz comes as New York prepares to launch a large business to develop and promote leisure marijuana for leisure use.
After months of delays, the state hashish management board will maintain its first assembly on Tuesday.
The movie business in the meantime is the beneficiary of $420 million in state tax credit for capturing motion pictures and TV sequence within the Empire State.
A spokesman for Columbia Care stated Abbott was not concerned in fundraising for Hochul — his filmmaker-wife Jana Edelbaum is.
“It has nothing to do with him. Jana has been a friend and supporter of Hochul for years,” the corporate spokesman stated.
Edelbaum beforehand donated $76,000 to disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaigns and $9,000 to Hochul’s, marketing campaign data present.
Her movie credit embody a 2012 model of Great Expectations and a tv film through which “two potheads … enlist the help of a charming porn star” to assist battle “a neighboring cookie magnate.”
More than half of donations from Edelbaum to Cuomo got here earlier than he proposed extending the state’s tax break for movie and tv manufacturing, according to a 2017 Politico report.
The invitation to the Oct. 12 penthouse soiree was forwarded by and to folks within the pot business, a supply who acquired the invitation stated.
Meanwhile, a lobbyist who reps the hashish business and different well-heeled enterprise purchasers stated Hochul’s marketing campaign aides are squeezing folks to bundle six-figure donations.
“It’s outrageous. It’s wrong.. They’re acting like shakedown artists,” stated one lobbyist, who requested anonymity for worry of reprisals.
“They’re saying, `I expect you to raise this amount of money.’ It’s outrageous. It goes beyond Cuomo’s fundraising people.”
Hochul, the two-term lieutenant governor, turned governor when disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned after a damning investigative report by state Attorney General Letitia James concluded he was a serial sexual harasser.
Government watchdog teams stated Hochul fundraising reeks of the identical pay-to-play recreation as her predecessor.
“It’s hard for Hochul to say she’s running as a clean government candidate when she’s collecting high roller dollar donations with people who have business before the state,” stated Reinvent Albany government director John Kaheny.
Democrat Hochul is predicted to face a stiff Democratic major problem from James or metropolis Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, or others.
Kaehny stated Hochul is just not alone, stating that James — whether or not she runs for governor or re-election as legal professional basic — can be elevating cash from actual property pursuits and different rich donors at fundraising occasions in Martha’s Vineyards and the Hamptons.
Hochul’s marketing campaign declined to remark. Elelbaum additionally had no instant remark.
Under state legislation, a candidate can increase as much as $69,700 from a person for a statewide race — $22,600 for a major election and $47,100 for a basic election.