Basil’s Backers: (Mainly) Charter Supporters and (Some) Real Estate Moguls

Below is a summary of all donations made to Basil Smikle (running against Bill Perkins)  in the current election cycle.  I’ve color-coded the donations to show donors that support DFER or charter schools (blue), and donors with a construction/real estate background (red).

Carl Campanile of the NY Post says:

…hedge fund managers and other charter-school financiers have donated about $60,000 of the $150,000 raised by Smikle.

Campanile is wrong: over $100,000 has come from hedge fund managers and charter school backers.

The Wall Street Journal concluded one of their recent articles about charter backers with this sentence:

More than half of Mr. Smikle’s contributions came from pro-charter donors, according to Mr. [Joe] Williams.

To date, Smikle has received $159,065.20 in donations.  He also loaned his campaign $15,500.

From July 2010 Periodic Report:

Linda Gadsby – $1,500 – 5/17/2010 [Scholastic VP and Deputy General Counsel]

Patricia Jones – $250 – 5/27/2010

H. Dale Hemmerdinger – $1,000 – 6/1/2010

Roseann Schembri – $100 – 6/3/2010

Patricia McCabe – $250 – 6/10/2010

Werner Kramarsky – $500 – 6/15/2010

Jordan Barowitz – $200 – 6/16/2010

Godfrey Gill – $500 – 6/17/2010

Calvin Martin – $200 – 6/17/2010

Wilkey Olumide – $500 – 6/17/2010

Christine Ryan – $250 – 6/18/2010

Shara Pena – $100 – 6/18/2010

Guy Mitchell – $100 – 6/18/2010

Deborah Ferdinand – $100 – 6/18/2010

Carolyn McQueen – $100 – 6/18/2010

Sora Caetano – $100 – 6/18/2010

Cheryl Nurse – $100 – 6/18/2010

Debra Green – $100 – 6/18/2010

Gail Proto – $50 – 6/21/2010

Jon Cohen – $2,000 – 6/21/2010 [Bio]

Sheena Wright – $500 – 6/21/2010

Eric Hadar – $5,000 – 6/22/2010 [Bio]

Monica Azare – $100 – 6/23/2010

Adrienne Harris – $50 – 6/23/2010

Naima Walker-Pierce – $250 – 6/23/2010

John Sabat – $2,000 – 6/24/2010

Naje Williams – $100 – 6/28/2010

Diana Rodriguez-Lepor – $100 – 6/29/2010

Charles Ledley – $5,000 – 6/30/2010

Joel Greenblatt – $4,000 – 7/1/2010

Eric Karl Wepsic – $6,000 – 7/1/2010

Christophe Buck – $6,000 – 7/1/2010

John Petry – $6,000 – 7/1/2010

Ravenel Curry – $6,000 – 7/1/2010

Anthony Davis – $5,000 – 7/2/2010

Paul Appelbaum – $500 – 7/2/2010

Carole Pittelman – $5,000 – 7/6/2010

William Rudin – $2,500 – 7/6/2010

Eric Rudin – $2,500 – 7/6/2010

Burton Resnick – $2,500 – 7/6/2010

George Kaufman – $2,500 – 7/6/2010

Adrienne Harris – $100 – 7/6/2010

Felecia Webb – $100 – 7/6/2010

John Halaby – $1,000 – 7/6/2010

Whitney Tilson – $1,000 – 7/7/2010

Daphnee Surpris – $250 – 7/7/2010

Edward Lewis – $6,000 – 7/7/2010 [On the board of Harlem Village Academies]

Kelly Coffey – $1,000 – 7/7/2010 [One of Goldman's many Managing Directors]

Dawn Palo – $1,000 – 7/7/2010

Aaron Rosenstein – $3,000 – 7/7/2010 [Anchorage Advisors - works with Tony Davis]

Brian Zied – $1,500 – 7/7/2010

Jonathan Lewinsohn – $3,000 – 7/7/2010 [Anchorage Advisors - works with Tony Davis]

Andrew Feldstein – $6,000 – 7/7/2010 [Bio]

Rafael Mayer – $5,000 – 7/7/2010

Amy Griffin – $6,000 – 7/7/2010

Jonathan Sackler – $6,000 – 7/7/2010 [On the board of directors of Achievement First; daughter, Madeleine, directed "The Lottery"]

John Zeiler – $1,000 – 7/7/2010*

William Ackman – $6,000 – 7/7/2010

Peter Kauffmann – $250 – 7/8/2010

Jemina Bernard – $1,000 – 7/9/2010 [TFA-NY Executive Director]

Elizabeth Curry – $6,000 – 7/9/2010

John Phillips – $100 – 7/9/2010

Mary Ann Tighe – $2,000 – 7/9/2010 [Bio]

Jennifer Jones – $100 – 7/9/2010

H. Dale Hemmerdinger - $1,000 – 7/9/2010 [Bio]

Gary Coke – $1,000 – 7/9/2010

Gail Proto – $50 – 7/9/2010

Michael Novogratz – $6,000 – 7/9/2010

Tyson Phatcher – $150 – 7/10/2010

David Greenspan – $2,000 – 7/10/2010

Tashir Lee – $250 – 7/11/2010

Unit (?) – $2,855.20 – 7/11/2010

[Total individual contributions from July 2010 report: $139,305.20]

Smart Growth Construction Services – $100 – 6/17/2010

Donald Zucker Company – $5,000 – 6/29/2010

[Total corporate contributions from July 2010 report: $5,100]

Renew New York PAC – $1,000 – 5/19/2010

[Total other monetary contributions from July 2010 report: $1,000]

Krishna Collie – $500 (in-kind; fundraising event) – 7/1/2010

[Total in-kind contributions from July 2010 report: $500]

[Total outstanding liabilities/loans: $15,500]

**********

From the 2010 32 Day Pre Primary Report:

Gigi Georges – $250 – 7/22/2010

H. Dale Hemmerdinger - $2,000 – 7/23/2010

James Lefrak – $250 – 7/26/2010

David Brand – $1,000 – 7/27/2010

Christine Ryan – $250 – 7/28/2010

William Eimicke – $200 – 7/29/2010

Maxine Griffith – $200 – 8/2/2010

Steven Presser – $100 – 8/3/2010

Kayona Wall – $100 – 8/4/2010

Rafael Nieves – $100 – 8/4/2010

Paul Brown – $100 – 8/4/2010

Michelle Jackson – $100 – 8/5/2010

Richard White – $100 – 8/5/2010

Stacey Jennings – $100 – 8/5/2010

Daniel Shuchman – $1,000 – 8/5/2010 [Bio]

Thomas Doherty – $250 – 8/5/2010

Sahlu Merine – $50 – 8/5/2010

Howard Lowe – $50 – 8/5/2010

Valisha Graves – $100 – 8/6/2010

Larry Robbins – $5,000 – 8/6/2010 [On the advisory board of TFA-NY; major donor to KIPP in NY]

Gail Proto – $15 – 8/9/2010

Unit (?) – $845 – 8/9/2010

[Total individual contributions from 32 Day Pre Primary Report: $12,160]

District Council No. 9 PAC – $1,000 – 7/23/2010]

[Total other contributions from 32 Day Pre Primary Report: $1,000]

Closing balance: $104,783,38

Total raised: $174,565.20 (includes $15,500 in loans)

Total from DFER/Charter community: $101,500

Total from Construction/Real Estate community: $27,000

Note:

John Zeiler is CEO of JER Hudson Housing.  JER Investors, another branch of the company, previously invested in charter school facilities, most notably the Imagine Schools.  They no longer own the property used by Imagine – their share was sold to Entertainment Properties Trust a few years ago.  I do not believe John had anything to do with this business deal, so I’ve only included him in the Construction/Real Estate category.

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