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Shopping and Campaigning

Candidates spend donors’ dollars in the strangest places.

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Campaign filings reveal some five-star politico-ing this year. Andrew Cuomo’s attorney-general campaign has paid for three purchases at Bergdorf’s Fifth Avenue store, along with a trip to Jamaica’s Pegasus resort, a stop at Bliss spa, and a stay at Beverly Hills’ chic Avalon Hotel. Cuomo aide Ashley Cotton writes in an e-mail message that the Jamaica excursion was part of “a not-for-profit event” and other items were gifts for campaign staffers and donors. Eliot Spitzer’s filings suggest the Wall Street sheriff has a banker’s taste: The gubernatorial hopeful has stayed at the Four Seasons in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco, where rooms go for around $500 a night (he likes to hold breakfasts at the Four Seasons in New York, too). A.G. aspirant Mark Green, who at the time expenses were filed had raised far less than Spitzer or Cuomo, spent accordingly: One exotic purchase was made at Sephora. Spokesman Corey Johnson says Green wasn’t being vain; he’d bought bottles of Cumming (the fragrance named after Alan) for two men who chaired a gay fund-raiser at Green’s home.


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