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Bloomberg makes good on promise: Pro-gay marrige GOP Senators rewarded

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has rewarded four Republican state senators who voted for the state’s Marriage Equality Act with significant campaign contributions.

Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg gave Senators Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald, Stephen Saland and James Alesi the maximum campaign donation allowed — a hefty $10,300 each.

“The mayor said he would support Senate Republicans who stood up – and he did,” said Micah Lasher, a top Bloomberg aide.

News of the donations surfaced yesterday when Grisanti became the first of the four to file his July financial disclosure statement with the Board of Elections.

Bloomberg, who traveled twice to the Capitol to lobby for gay weddings, was listed as having made his donation on July 8 – two weeks after the historic vote.

The billionaire mayor on several occasions pledged his support to any GOP state senator who would vote in favor of a marriage equality bill.

New York State on Friday night, June 24, became the sixth and most populous state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law just moments before midnight that same evening.

The law takes effect July 24.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. eh, I don’t like bribery

    Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:44pm
  2. It makes up for what they would have lost from homophobic people.

    Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:47pm
  3. “By hook or by crook” a very Olde English saying — still in this day and age of the 21st century that a good man has to BRIBE adults to do the right thing. . . like I used to bribe little kids I babysat for, “If you take a bath I’ll give everyone ice cream!”. . . . WTF?!?!?!!?!? But here is the law and there we will be for our wedding date, in 2013. If you cannot crash thru a barrier, you slide around it. First I fought thru the women’s movement, now this. Someday, maybe I can just STOP fighting and enjoy the rights that straight white men have had since 1776.

    Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:47pm
  4. Good deal. whatever it takes.

    Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 5:48pm
  5. At least Bloomberg kept his promise. It’s not a bribe, it’s a reward! 4 Republicans are actually for Marriage Equality. Without them, NY would have failed! We need more politicians like them, regardless of party affiliation.

    Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 6:02pm
  6. its just sad that the votes have to be bought when its an issue of humanity.

    Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 6:49pm
  7. The Republicans who voted for marriage did so at great peril to themselves so we do need to thank them. We need to remember the Democrat who didn’t vote for marriage too. Especially at re-election time if he’s your Rep.!

    Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 8:59pm