Press Release: DONOVAN RECEIVES OVER $620K IN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CURRENT FUNDRAISING PERIOD, CAMPAIGN HAS RAISED NEARLY $4 MILLION IN TOTAL WITH MATCHING FUNDS

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
March 12, 2021
Contact: Yuridia Peña, [email protected], (718) 790-0837

SHAUN DONOVAN RECEIVES OVER $620,000 IN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CURRENT FUNDRAISING PERIOD, CAMPAIGN HAS RAISED NEARLY $4 MILLION IN TOTAL WITH EXPECTED MATCHING FUNDS

New Yorkers for Donovan has raised over $620,000 for the current fundraising period, receiving a broad coalition of support from community leaders across New York City, in addition to Obama-Biden Administration Officials and Cabinet members, mayors from across the country, and leaders in the tech and arts & culture industries. 

With the inclusion of expected matching funds, the campaign will have raised nearly $4 million to date.

NEW YORK, NY — Today, New Yorkers for Donovan announced that the committee will report raising over $620,000 — in addition to more than $1.6 million in expected matching funds — since the previous disclosure period ending on January 11, 2021. The campaign announced earlier this week that they had already met the threshold to receive matching funds. With the inclusion of expected matching funds, Donovan has raised nearly $4 million to date. The list of contributors to Donovan’s campaign includes small business owners, restaurateurs, civic leaders and clergy members, leaders in the hospitality industry, the city’s renowned arts & culture fields, and prominent tech entrepreneurs and business leaders – in short, the broad coalition of New Yorkers who will be at the forefront of our city’s rebound and who all know that Shaun Donovan is the man with the plan to bring New York City back. Additionally, Donovan has brought in contributions from nearly two dozen additional Obama Administration officials and Cabinet members, as well as elected officials from across the United States, who have seen Shaun’s leadership and crisis management experience firsthand during his service in President Obama’s cabinet and who know that he is the right choice to lead the resurgence of the greatest city in the world. 

“Thanks to the outpouring of support from voters across our great city, as well as leaders from across the country who recognize the importance of revitalizing New York City, our campaign is one step closer to rebuilding our home as a city that works for all New Yorkers,” said NYC Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan. “In our first fundraising filing in July of last year, we raised more than all the other candidates combined for that filing period, and in the period ending in January of this year, we raised more money in a single filing period than any other campaign participating in the matching program. Today, our people-powered campaign builds on that momentum and demonstrates that we can and will win this election. And when we do, we will overcome the multiple crises we are facing and ensure that NYC lives up to its title as the greatest city in the world.”

“Shaun is connecting with voters from across the Democratic spectrum with a message of rebuilding and reimagining our city, and the amount of money he has been able to raise in such a short amount of time is evidence of that,” said New Yorkers for Donovan Finance Director Ioanna Niejelow. “With these vast contributions from supporters, along with the millions of dollars in matching funds we were able to secure, Shaun will continue to build broad support across New York’s five boroughs and is well on his way to becoming the next Mayor of New York City.”

Additional Background: 

Donovan’s broad coalition of support is made up of leaders from across New York City. From prominent clergy members like Bishop Johnny Ray Youngblood to tech gurus like Facebook’s Co-Founder Christoper Hughes. This diverse group of contributors from all walks of life are but a snap-shot of the coalition that will help elect Shaun Donovan as New York City’s next Mayor.

Here are just a few of the prominent figures from New York City and beyond who have been motivated by Donovan’s campaign for Mayor and helped him achieve his remarkable fundraising success: 

Hospitality and Arts & Culture

  • Jon Tisch, Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation, Chairman and CEO of its Loews Hotels
  • Jordan Roth, Theater Producer, President and Owner, Jujamcyn Theaters
  • Jimmy Nederlander, Theater Producer, President, The Nederlander Organization
  • Jane Krakowski, Broadway, Film and Television Actress
  • Edward Norton, Actor, Environmental Activist and Entrepreneur
  • Noah Emmerich, Film and Television Actor
  • David Rockwell, Founder & President, Rockwell Group
  • Kenneth Lewis, Architect & President of the Board of Directors, AIANY
  • Emily Rafferty, President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 Food Industry

  • Tim and Nina Zagat, Founders, Zagat Restaurant Surveys
  • Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner, Blue Hill
  • David Barber, Co-Founder and Co-Owner, Blue Hill
  • Eli Zabar, Owner, Zabar’s
  • Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group
  • Rich Torrisi, Managing Partner, Major Food Group

Community Leaders

  • Seth Pinsky, CEO, 92Y
  • David and Susan Rockefeller, Philanthropists
  • Judith Rodin, Former President, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Eric Weingartner, CEO, The Door
  • Bishop Johnny Ray Youngblood, Clergy Leader
  • Rev. Ian Harris, Clergy Leader
  • Nobles Crawford, State Committee Member
  • Jamie Cooper, Foundation Director, Big Win Philanthropy 
  • Steve Rubenstein, Chairman, ABNY, President, Rubenstein Communications
  • Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, The Partnership for NYC

Tech & Finance

  • John Foley, Founder and CEO, Peloton
  • Ben Leventhal, CEO and Co-Founder, Resy, Co-Founder, Eater
  • Herbert Allen, President & CEO, Allen & Company
  • Chris Hughes, Co-Founder, Facebook, Co-Chair, Economic Security Project
  • Steve Rattner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Willett Advisors LLC
  • Jay Snyder, Principal, HBJ Investments LLC
  • Blair Effron, Co-Founder and Partner, Centerview Partners
  • Fred Wilson, Co-Founder, Union Square Ventures
  • Brad Burnham, Partner, Union Square Ventures
  • Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard
  • Tony Coles, President, CEO, Chair of the Board, Cerevel Therapeutics 
  • Kevin Ryan, Chairman and CEO, AlleyCorp
  • Daniel Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg, Inc.

Current and Former Elected Officials

  • Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans
  • Mayor Manny Diaz of Miami
  • Mayor Ashley Swearengin of Fresno, California
  • Senator John Hickenlooper

 Obama-Biden alumni

  • John King, Former Secretary of Education
  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Former Obama Deputy Homeland Security Secretary, nominee for Biden Administration Homeland Security Secretary
  • Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Susan Rice, Former National Security Advisor and Former US Ambassador to the UN, Incoming Biden Administration Domestic Policy Council Director
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Anthony Foxx, Former Secretary of Transportation
  • Tom Vilsack, Former Secretary of Agriculture, nominee for Biden Administration Cabinet Secretary
  • Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation
  • Lisa Jackson, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sally Jewell, Former Secretary of the Interior
  • Mike Froman, Former U.S. Trade Representative
  • Karen Mills,  Former Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Former Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Tina Tchen, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Jeff Zients, Former Director, National Economic Council, Biden COVID Czar
  • Gene Sperling, Former Director, National Economic Council
  • Jay Carney, Former White House Press Secretary
  • Cecilia Munoz, Former Director, Domestic Policy Council
  • Cody Keenan, Speechwriter, President Obama
  • Melody Barnes, Former Director, Domestic Policy Council
  • Samantha Power, Former Obama Administration UN Ambassador and incoming Biden Administration US Agency for International Development 


Candidates for New York City offices are required to disclose all donations raised between January 12, 2021, and March 11, 2021, with the New York City Campaign Finance Board by March 15.

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