Donors, Fund-Raisers, Friends: Gaining Access to De Blasio’s City Hall – New York Times

For Jona S. Rechnitz and Jeremiah Reichberg, giving money to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political campaigns offered a backstage pass to city government. They exchanged friendly emails with the mayor and got access to high-level officials to discuss business they had with the city.

The close relationship between the mayor and the two men — who became embroiled in a police corruption scandal and separate federal and state investigations into Mr. de Blasio’s fund-raising — is detailed in a series of emails released by City Hall on Friday in response to Freedom of Information requests.

The emails further the notion that Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, was eager to do favors for campaign donors.


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