Power Houses

It’s the new Googling for Manhattan’s politically minded elite: Fundrace.org organizes campaign contributions by address. LIZZY RATNER and GABRIEL SHERMAN look at what’s been happening behind closed doors at the Dakota, the San Remo, River House-the portals that every Presidential hopeful must pass through to finance a campaign.

San Remo

145-146 Central Park West Total Amount Given: $313,300 Democrats: $41,800 George W. Bush: $0

THE LEFT COAST The San Remo, the Upper West Side dormitory for expat Hollywoodites StevenSpielberg,Demi Moore, Steve Martin, Miramax co-president Bob Weinstein and Dustin Hoffman, is the financial anchor for New York’s left coast, raising more than $300,000 for Democrats-and not a single cent for President Bush. Fashion designer Charles Nolan has donated $67,000 so far this year and served on Howard Dean’s host committee. Real-estate investor Michael Sonnenfeldt and his wife, Katja Goldman, the co-author of The Empire Kosher Chicken Cookbook , raised $73,000 for Democratic candidates. Atlantic records executive Jason Flom and his wife, Wendi, raised $86,000 together. And when any of these bundlers host their next fund-raising soirée, liberal rocker and San Remo neighbor Bono can headline.

169 Hudson Street Total Amount Given: $7,000 Democrats: $7,000 George W. Bush: $0

ANTICIPATION John Kerry’s “It Boy” stepson Chris Heinz has turned this downtown loft building into a Kerry-campaign cash cow. Since leaving his job in private equity last year to work for the campaign, the 30-year-old Heinz Ketchup heir has become the mobilizer of young people’s cash, tapping into his well-heeled network of Harvard Business School friends and downtown celebs (he used to date Gwyneth Paltrow). “It’s not fun,” he told The New York Times Magazine recently. “I spent my life to build up good will and have people owe me things. And in one year, you pretty much go to every person you know and ask him for money.” But not everyone has been giving their money to him: Fellow 169 resident Sean (P. Diddy) Combs gave $2,000 to Al Sharpton’s campaign-and gave a private concert for him as well.

1040 Fifth Avenue Total Amount Given: $81,750 Democrats: $8,000 George W. Bush: $13,000

BUSHMAN Jacqueline Ken-nedy Onassis must be rolling in her Arlington National Cemetery grave knowing that her building’s minting for the Republican National Committee. Oil billionaire David Koch inhabits her former apartment, and donated nearly $50,000 last year to the Grand Old Party. Before the 2000 election, Mr. Koch told The Observer , “‘Republican’ is not a dirty word; it’s something to be proud of!” His mostly right-leaning neighbors seem to agree: Investor Nathaniel de Rothschild gave $3,000 to President Bush and $1,000 to Sen. Orrin Hatch.

80 Broad Street Total Amount Given: $98,000 Democrats: $14,500 George W. Bush: $29,500

goldman goldmine This imposing Wall Street office tower is pouring out the cash for President Bush’s re-election. And why not? It’s the headquarters of one of the country’s premier investment banks, Goldman Sachs. With the chairman and chief executive, Henry Paulson, firmly in the Republican camp-he was listed as the sixth biggest Bush bundler in New York City by a recent Center for Responsive Politics poll-everyone from managing directors to on-the-make I-bankers have been “maxing out” for the President. But things were not always thus: Throughout the roaring 90’s, the bank was a cash box for the Party of Clinton, and as recently as 2002, its partners made nearly twice as many contributions for Democratic candidates as for Republicans. The difference? “President Bush has made a really big effort to raise money from Wall Street this cycle,” said Steven Weiss of the Center for Responsive Politics. “In 2000, he was raising most of his money from Texas.” Giddy up, bankers!

River House

435 East 52nd Street Total Amount Given: $119,350 Democrats: $32,050 George W. Bush: $14,250

GEPHARDT’SPIED-A-TERRE Blue blood has given way to new blood on Sutton Place, and this former home of conservative publisher Henry Luce has taken on a decidedly Democratic hue. River House Democrats outspent their Republican neighbors by more than 2 to 1 this year, and residents were more likely to open their homes to son-of-a-milkman Dick Gephardt than to son-of-a-President George W. Bush. The Baroness Lynn Forrester de Rothschild held two soirées for the Missouri Congressman this year, one in June and one in January, each netting him more than $50,000. Meanwhile, Robin Chandler Duke, the elegant doyenne of the reproductive-rights movement, has turned her palatial pad into a regular salon for Women for John Kerry events. But fear not, Marc Racicot! Mr. Luce’s legacy hasn’t disappeared altogether. As long as another Henry-the inimitable Dr. Kissinger-remains a River House resident, the building will continue to pull for Republicans. This year, the former Secretary of State doled out $12,000 to Republican candidates, including a maximum $2,000 gift to George W. Bush.

625 Park Avenue Total Amount Given: $62,250 Democrats: $11,250 George W. Bush: 12,000

DOLING IT OUT The original media-merge mogul isn’t forgetting where his friends are: on the right! Last year, Primedia honcho Henry Kravis, 60, contributed $25,000 to the Republican National Committee, as well as $2,000 for Mr. Bush (his wife chipped in another $2,000). Mr. Kravis’ other Republican boosting has including a $300,000 fund-raising 72nd birthday bash for Bob Dole that he hosted in 1995. But the building isn’t all Karl Rove contributors. Chanel president Arie Kopelman and his wife each lavished Mr. Kerry with $2,000 in 2003. Fashion advice costs extra.

The Beresford

211 Central Park West Total Amount Given: $155,250 Democrats: $51,500 George W. Bush: $4,000

THE MONEY MAN Never mind the boldface names-like Jerry Seinfeld, Helen Gurley Brown and Phyllis Newman-who helped put this storied Upper West Side fortress on the Democratic fund-raising map: The Beresford is all about one discrete, Midas-fingered hedge-fund manager named Paul Singer, who has raised more money for George W. Bush than any other Gothamite. Beginning 1999, Mr. Singer leveraged his investment savvy into more than $700,000 for the C.E.O. in Chief, making him a Bush Ranger more than three times over (Rangers have pledged to raise more than $200,000). Now if only Mr. Singer and his $3.5 billion fund, Elliot Capital Advisors, could help the President fix the deficit.

830 Park Avenue Total Amount Given: $166,850 Democrats: $26,600 George W. Bush: $5,000

ELEVATOR MUSIC For more than four years, financier Blair Effron and fund-raising power couple Susan and Alan Patricof have been political compatriots as well as neighbors in one of Park Avenue’s poshest addresses. All three raised oodles of cash for Al Gore during the 2000 election and all are pillars of the D.N.C. fund-raising circuit, regularly lavishing the party with $5,000 and $25,000 checks. This year, however, the financier and the power couple went separate political ways, at least for a time. While Mr. Effron signed on as one of the heads of Senator John Kerry’s fund-raising committee, the Patricofs, who are longtime Friends of Bill and Hill, grabbed onto the reins of Gen. Wesley Clark, Hillary’s alleged stalking horse. For nearly five months, they competed for donors, helping arrange regular rival fund-raisers during one of the most contentious primary cycles in recent history. Just imagine those awkward elevator silences!

375 Greenwich Street Total Amount Given: $69,250 Democrats: $11,750 George W. Bush: $0

DOWN AND DIRTY PISHERS Harvey Weinstein’s party for Hillary Clinton on Election Day 2000 cemented his role as a downtown arbiter in Democratic society circles. Since then, Miramax has been pumping money into Democratic coffers.

The Dakota

1 West 72nd Street Total Amount Given: $76,450 Democrats: $33,700 George W. Bush: $5,000

THISDAKOTA’SBLUE Not only did this famous building’s most famous onetime resident, John Lennon, pen the peacenik anthem “Imagine,” but many of its present-day occupants are committed to ejecting the current Commander in Chief from office. Ellen Chesler and her attorney-husband, Matthew Mallow, have together given more than $7,000 to Democratic candidates this year, while Jane Rosenthal, president of Tribeca Productions and sister-in law of powerhouse fund-raiser Susan Patricof (see 830 Park Avenue), has donated a whopping $33,500. In February, she hosted a fund-raiser for John Kerry that featured a live performance by Jon Bon Jovi and a swanky guest list that included Robert De Niro, Serena Altschul, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Tina Brown. Still, the Dakota isn’t completely unfriendly to the G.O.P. A closer look at the co-op’s donor list suggests a quiet rise in the number of Republican donors in recent years. Among them? A sweet retired couple who each gave $1,000 to George W. Bush.

770 Park Avenue Total Amount Given: $262,020 Democrats: $57,500 George W. Bush: $10,000

PRIMARY COLORS This tony Georgian-style co-op near 72nd Street is the nerve center of New York’s Democratic fund-raising machine. Three of its residents sat on the finance committees of the leading Democratic Presidential campaigns this year: former Women’s Leadership Forum chair Laura Ross, who was an early champion of John Edwards; investment banker Roy Furman, who led Howard Dean’s money drive; and investor Hassan Nemazee, who is Senator John Kerry’s finance chief and the clear winner of the three. Meanwhile, other high-octane residents like New Line Cinema’s Michael Lynne and real-estate heiress Constance Milstein spread their wealth across the candidate spectrum, helping make 770 Park the top money pit for Democratic Presidential candidates this fall. Even Ms. Milstein’s college student daughter, chipped in with a maximum $2,000 contribution to John Edwards and a $500 donation to Wesley Clark. So which 770 Park residents didn’t line any candidates’ coffers? Why, David and Lisa Schiff, Karenna Gore Schiff’s in-laws. Perhaps they missed Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean last December.

The Dakota

1 West 72nd Street Total Amount Given: $76,450 Democrats: $33,700 George W. Bush: $5,000

THISDAKOTA’SBLUE Not only did this famous building’s most famous onetime resident, John Lennon, pen the peacenik anthem “Imagine,” but many of its present-day occupants are committed to ejecting the current Commander in Chief from office. Ellen Chesler and her attorney-husband, Matthew Mallow, have together given more than $7,000 to Democratic candidates this year, while Jane Rosenthal, president of Tribeca Productions and sister-in law of powerhouse fund-raiser Susan Patricof (see 830 Park Avenue), has donated a whopping $33,500. In February, she hosted a fund-raiser for John Kerry that featured a live performance by Jon Bon Jovi and a swanky guest list that included Robert De Niro, Serena Altschul, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Tina Brown. Still, the Dakota isn’t completely unfriendly to the G.O.P. A closer look at the co-op’s donor list suggests a quiet rise in the number of Republican donors in recent years. Among them? A sweet retired couple who each gave $1,000 to George W. Bush.

720 Park Avenue Total Amount Given: $57,750 Democrats: $14,000 George W. Bush: $4,000

LINCOLN BEDROOM COMMUNITY The liberal literary pedigree at 720 Park Avenue has been boosted by Barnes & Noble founder and chairman Leonard Riggio, who contributed $12,000 last year to Democratic candidates ($4,000 each to Messrs. Kerry and Gephardt). Fellow 720 Park resident Carl Spielvogel, who parlayed his fund-raising for the Clintons into an ambassadorship to Slovakia (his wife, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the author of 19 books, was also the longest-serving commissioner on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission), played the Democratic money game too, giving $2,500 to the Democratic Committee of New York State. And the two even traded a night on Park Avenue for the Lincoln Bedroom. Donald Marron, chairman of the Wall Street heavyweight UBS Warburg, countered his Clinton-cooing neighbors by donating $2,000 to Mr. Bush.

Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 Total Amount Given: $57,000 Democrats: $2,000 George W. Bush: $4,000

ALUMNI GIVING Roland Betts was a fellow Deke fraternity brother with President Bush at Yale, and the Chelsea Piers Management chairman coughed up more than $25,000 for the G.O.P. in 2003 (including $2,000 for Mr. Bush, the “Rush Chair” of the their frat with the “longest bar on campus,” according to Newsweek ). Tom Bernstein, the president of Chelsea Piers, matched his chairman, donating $25,000 to the R.N.C. in 2003 and $2,000 to Mr. Bush. But the Chelsea Piers underling also gave $1,000 to Senator Chuck Schumer, as well as $1,000 to Democratic Senator Harry Reid from Nevada.

944 Fifth Avenue Total Amount Given: $199,500 Democrats: $20,500 George W. Bush: $6,000

THE BIRTHDAY BOY This Fifth Avenue aerie is one of the most potent political addresses in all of Gotham, thanks in large part to the largesse of Bernard Schwartz, the aerospace mogul at the helm of Loral Space and Communications, and his wife, Irene. Together, they have donated nearly $150,000 this year, almost every cent of it to the Democrats. The Schwartzes are no strangers to the political money game: Throughout the Clinton era, and before the McCain-Feingold bill put the kibosh on soft-money contributions, they regularly shelled out top dollars to Democratic candidates-and reaped the rewards. In 1997, the couple ranked No. 1 on the Mother Jones list of top 400 campaign donors; that same year, Mr. Schwartz celebrated his 71st birthday at the White House with Bill and Hillary. In 2000, the couple contributed $1,317,000 to Democratic causes-but, alas, the Democrats lost the White House, and there was no party at the end of the campaign trail. Perhaps Senator John Kerry will make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in time for Mr. Schwartz’s 78th birthday.

The Neil Simon Theatre

250 West 52nd Street Democrats: $180,000 George W. Bush: $0

BREAK A LEG Hairspray producer Adam Epstein earned instant-rainmaker cred when he helped rake in more than $130,000 for John Edwards with a gala fund-raiser in February 2003 at his home-away-from-home, the Neil Simon Theatre. He reprised the success this past January with a Hairspray benefit for Senator Joe Lieberman and with one other fund-raiser brought hi stotal to $280,000. He has said that he would be interested in using the show to help other Democratic candidates-perhaps even John Kerry. Break a leg, young fund-raiser!

1035 Park Avenue Total Amount Given: $15,500 Democrats: $6,500 George W. Bush: $4,000

DEAN’S DEN The Park Avenue apartment where Howard Dean was groomed and where his mother, AndreeMaitland Dean, still lives (she gave $1,000 to her son’s campaign in 2003)-was split fairly evenly between the former Governor of Vermont and President Bush, who raised a modest $4,000 in the building on Park Avenue and 86th Street. And on June 18, Nomura banking executive Robert Leeds and his wife, Alison, hosted a fund-raising fête at their apartment in the building, garnering $50,000 for-sorry, Dr. Dean!-Presidential candidate John Edwards.

LeFrak City Total Amount Given: $46,250 Democrats: $6,000 George W. Bush: $2,000

MAVERICK HEIRS This middle-class housing complex near Coronoa, Queens remains a staunchly Democratic enclave, where most residents express their political will through the ballot box rather than the checkbook. However, Harrison Lefrak, the grandson of the development’s founder and the managing director of the Lefrak Organization, has become one of the leading young movers and shakers of Bush-Cheney ’04. At 31, he is one of the general chairs of the President’s New York City Mavericks, a group of pedigreed young professionals like Emma Bloomberg, Emily Pataki and fellow real-estate heir Robert Speyer, who have pledged to raise more than $50,000 apiece for the President. He has also donated more than $32,000 to the Republicans. His little brother’s part is a different matter: In an apparent act of sibling rebellion, the younger LeFrak gave the maximum $2,000 contributions to John Kerry, Dick Gephardt and feisty Bush-whacker Howard Dean.