After court lifts limits, Koch gives $200K to pro-Lhota PAC
David Koch contributed $200,000 to a super PAC supporting Joe Lhota, less than a week after the group won a court decision to lift the city's contribution limits.
Koch gave the donation to the New York Progress and Protection PAC on October 30, according to a new filing with the city's campaign finance board.
The PAC won a preliminary court battle on October 24, when a federal court lifted a lower-court injunction that maintained the city's individual contribution limit at $150,000.
That suit was brought by Shaun McCutcheon, an Alabama businessman who donates to conservative causes. McCutcheon gave $20,000, and Sean Fieler, the chairman of the hedge fund Equinox Partners, gave $10,000.
Bill de Blasio has attacked Lhota for his support from Koch, who is a frequent donor to conservative and libertarian causes.
Lhota defended Koch last week, saying he's "pro-choice, pro-same-sex marriage," and a generous philanthropist.
De Blasio leads Lhota by about 40 points in public polls, and also enjoys a fund-raising advantage.
"No matter how hard the Koch brothers try, they won't be able to buy this election for their Tea Party ally Joe Lhota," said Eric Koch, a spokesman for de Blasio. "New Yorkers are ready to turn the page on the last 20 years and the Koch's support of Lhota only shows that he's the Tea Party candidate in this election."
A spokesperson for Lhota declined to comment.