A tale of 2 mayors: Buttigieg raises more money in NYC than de Blasio does nationwide

David Caplan
July 18, 2019 - 5:39 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two shockers emerged this week about mayors-turned-Democratic presidential candidates Bill de Blasio and Pete Buttigieg:

First, it was revealed on Monday that Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised more money in New York City alone than Gotham's own de Blasio raised nationwide -- and Buttigieg also snagged more than twice as many New York City donors than de Blasio. 

Then on Thursday, it came to light that Buttigieg spares his constituents and pays for his security detail from his campaign coffers, while tax-paying New Yorkers foot the bill for de Blasio's NYPD security detail.

Let's look at the numbers: Buttigieg's campaign raked in $2.35 million from New York City donors during the last three months, while de Blasio raised less than half of that across the entire U.S. since launching his campaign in May: $1.1 million. 

And Buttigieg collected contributions from 14,000 New Yorkers, while de Blasio snagged less than half of that: 6,700 donors.

Buttigieg counts a slew of high-profile NewYorkers as his supporters, including Vogue editor Anna Wintour, media titan Barry Diller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Michael Douglas. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has also attended funraisers in the city and in Provincetown, Mass. 

In regards to the city's support, Buttigieg spokesman Chris Meagher told The New York Post, "Pete has an important message that is resonating with people in New York and all over the country, and that’s one about generational change and not just winning an election but winning an era."

As for the security detail. THE CITY reported on Thursday that Buttigieg's campaign picks up the tab for his security as he criss-crosses the country. "We pay for security from the campaign," said Buttigieg's senior communications adviser, adding the retired police officers and former Secret Service agents are only used for some events.

As for de Blasio, it's a different story: The NYPD is responsible for de Blasio's security, but it will not disclose how much that costs.

The NYPD -- essentially tax payers -- foot the bill for airfare, hotel, car rentals, meals required for detectives who join de Blasio and his wife on his campaign stops. They've gone on more than 20 trips. 

NYPD spokesman Phil Walzak told THE CITY it would not reveal the cost of the security coverage, saying, "NYPD policy has been clear, and goes back many years and across multiple mayors. The NYPD, as a matter of long-standing general practice, does not comment on security measure of protected officials. That includes numbers of personnel, vehicles, cost and hotels."

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