Fundraiser smacks of elitism

To the Editor:

It is with great sadness that I received a request to attend a fundraiser for Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy on Nov. 20 at the Bull Moose Club in Albany. The event is sponsored by Gramercy, which is a lobbyist group and Rosenblum Companies, a real estate concern.

If this weren’t bad enough, the price tags for participation are truly Republican in their scope. Starting at $2,500, then to $1,000, $500 and $100. These “price tags” smack of elitism at best and a disdain for the ordinary, less affluent people at worse.

The whole scheme of things suggests that Ms. Fahy can be bought if the price is right. The participants in this are not good-government advocates. They are seeking something in return. Shame on you, Ms. Fahy.

John Haluska 


Editor’s note: Patricia Fahy responded that a majority of her donors are grassroots and small donors — if the 6-to-1 small-donor-matching system went into effect, based on the 2018 election cycle, she would have the sixth highest amount of matching funds of all assembly candidates across the state. Fahy has voted for ambitious climate-change legislation, for smoking and vaping reforms, tenant and renter protections, and for campaign finance reform. Finally, of the Gramercy fundraiser, she noted marketing of the event had been explicit in noting suggested amounts, the lowest being $40.

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