Eric Adams raises $ 2 million for law enforcement mandate
Democrat Eric Adams isn’t trying to beat Republican Curtis Sliwa in the November municipal election – he’s trying to blow him out of the water.
The retired NYPD captain-turned-pol has raised $ 2 million over the past 43 days, a war chest for what is essentially a skirmish with a pre-ordained winner, his supporters told The Post.
Sliwa, by comparison, raised $ 200,000 in contributions.
“He’s crushing Curtis Sliwa,” City Councilor Eric Ulrich, a Queens Republican who backs the moderate Democratic candidate, told The Post.
Adams is looking to win by a margin wide enough that he can have a mandate to continue his policing agenda in a town hall with a left-wing legislature.
The Brooklyn beep increased the sum to seven figures by casting a wide net – hitting both Democrats and Republicans from Queens to the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard – and keeping a quick schedule of up to five events a day, sources said.
Ken Fisher, a politically connected real estate attorney, organized a recent fundraiser for Adams at Sky Bridge Terrace at 2 World Trade Center that raised $ 50,000.
Fisher said Adams didn’t take a victory in November for granted.
But the “biggest reason” for filling his campaign coffers is a term as mayor.
“It’s an opportunity for him to go out and reinforce the story and the image he wants to create for himself and to take advantage of the fact that he is a very popular commodity. People want to hear what he has to say, ”Fisher said.
A major city fundraiser said Adams could clinch a general election victory with around $ 500,000.
But it will likely increase multiples – and spend a lot of it on TV and digital ads, campaign sources say – because it’s not a big job.
“People want to give you money. You’re the new mayor, ”the fundraising veteran said of the Democrat who is widely favored to win the general election because his party outnumbered Republican voters in the city seven times.
“It’s a way to keep your supporters engaged and to keep people engaged,” the fundraiser said of Adams court to donors.
“It’s also a way to get all the people who haven’t supported you to support,” he said.
Adams emerged from a crowded group of Democrats to win the June primary elections by a narrow margin against runner-up Kathryn Garcia, who served as Mayor de Blasio’s sanitation department commissioner.
Billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, who organized a fundraiser in the Hamptons for Adams earlier this summer, says he hopes the mayoral candidate will use the excess money to fund more moderate members of the advice.
“If I were a candidate for mayor and I was favorite to win, I would contribute to the city councilors on my side to help govern the city. I think that’s the game plan, to make sure he has the right city council that will demand law and order in the city, ”the Republican businessman told The Post.
Adams has remained silent on fundraising events where he rubs shoulders with one percent, as he tries to maintain his self-proclaimed “blue collar mayor” image.
Sliwa’s campaign manager Robert Hornack took to the issue to contrast the Guardian Angels founder, who he says is instantly recognizable on the city streets with his signature red beret.
“Curtis doesn’t really have to go to the Hamptons for dinner and drink,” Hornack said.
“When you go out with Curtis, you can see the energy he gives off people in the streets. People see him and run to him. It’s like walking down the street with Tom Cruise, ”Hornack said.