Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, who is both running for comptroller and rumored to be up for a job in the Obama administration, raised $14,833 this period after refunding 20 contributions worth $47,450, according to his latest filing.
No reason for the refunds were given, and a campaign spokesperson did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
Among the people whose donations were returned: real estate developer Douglas Durst, who donated $4,550; Daniel Quintero, who donated $100 and runs a Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx; and Anna Cuneo, who donated $4,550. Her husband owns a construction company in Manhattan–in 2005, she was approached by The New York Times about contributions she made to Fernando Ferrer’s 2005 mayoral campaign
The filing also shows that between July 12, 2008 and January 11, 2009 Carrion spent $195,240, including $30,000 on his consultants at the Mirram Group and $227 at restaurants in Washington DC ($100 at Zola; $105 at the Beacon Bar and Gill and $22 Rosa Mexicano).
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Carrion said none of the refunds were made at the request of the donors, and that about $20,000 were returned because of new laws limiting contributions from organizations with business before the city. The spokesperson said about $20,000 was returned to donors from an earlier filing, but did not elaborate.