Amid Mayoral Rumors, Weiner Pays Rent on an Office
The New York Post reported Sunday that former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is "seriously considering" running for mayor of New York City next year, and a closer look at his latest campaign finance disclosure with the city reveals that Weiner spent more than $30,000 in rent on an office over the last three months.
Weiner's semi-dormant campaign paid SL Green Realty Corp., which bills itself as New York's "largest commercial office landlord" more than $16,000 in May, nearly $11,000 in June, and more than $5,000 on July 7. The expenditures were classified as "office expenses" and "rent."
The report, filed Friday with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, shows Weiner is sitting on a nearly $4.5 million war chest, though the Weiner campaign has not received a monetary contribution since 2009. In addition to paying rent, the campaign on July 7 spent about $40 on food from Mendy's kosher delicatessen, and $136 on May 9 for "shredding."
Weiner resigned from Congress last year after he admitted to sexual conversations with various women over the Internet, both before and after he was married in 2010. He ran for mayor in 2005, but then-Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer defeated him in the Democratic primary. He declined to run in 2009, choosing not to pursue an expensive race against Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who used more than $100 million of his own fortune to win a third term over then-Comptroller Bill Thompson.