New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will co-host a fundraiser for the four GOP senators who voted in favor of the New York marriage equality bill
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation’s most strident opponent of marriage equality, has promised to unseat the four GOP senators whose votes made equal marriage a reality in New York and has said it will commit two million dollars to that end.
Enter New York City’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, keeping a promise he made during last summer’s push to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State that he would help Republican senators who voted in favor of the law that made the state the 6th and largest state to allow same-sex nuptials.
According to Albany’s Times-Union:
Bloomberg, will co-host the fundraiser next month for Republican Senators Steve Saland of Poughkeepsie, Jim Alesi of Rochester, Roy McDonald of Saratoga and Mark Grisanti of Buffalo. Tickets for the Manhattan soiree run as high as $16,800, the maximum amount allowed under the current election law.
That includes a $6,500 contribution for potential primary challenges. The invitation says the donation will be returned if no challengers materialize.
Joining Bloomberg as co- hosts for the event will be gay philanthropist Tim Gill, and Paul E. Singer, the founder of Elliott Management and chairman of the conservative Manhattan Institute.
The fundraiser’s invitation also lists representatives from Marriage Equality New York (MENY), the Gill Action Fund and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as sponsors of the event.