New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is quietly stepping up fundraising for his nonprofit Campaign for One New York to support advertising and social-media drives promoting major policy goals, The New York Times reports. Citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the mayor's moves, the Times says Mr. de Blasio has turned to donors in his inner circle to amass a war chest to compete with well-funded opponents.
The sources said City Hall hopes of avoiding a repeat of last year, when charter-school advocates financed an ad blitz to derail proposed new restrictions on charters. The new fundraising round could be used to advance mayoral efforts on affordable housing and securing more state money for New York public schools. The nonprofit fund can take donations significantly larger than those allowed within the city's campaign-finance system. Governor Andrew Cuomo used a similar organization to push his efforts during his first term.