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Mayoral Candidates Sling Criticism Over Campaign Cash, Contributions

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With a little more than a week before the mayoral primary, both Democrat and Republican candidates are turning up the heat on one another over campaign cash and contributions. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The major candidates for mayor are not taking a holiday from slinging mud.

This time, it's about campaign donations.

"She has a pattern of serving powerful interests, and in the case of the fast food industry, a $200 billion industry, she was obviously very happy to take their money," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

De Blasio is talking about two recent contributions to Christine Quinn, which come from the owner of fast food franchises in the city.

The criticism comes as fast food workers across the country strike for better wages.

"The criticism today from the public advocate is quite frankly just the height of hypocrisy, and another example of him talking out of both sides of his mouth. I have taken a campaign contribution from one of the few fast food operators that has any unionized workers," Quinn said.

When asked about his own donations, including thousands of dollars from high-powered developers, de Blasio argued his contributions are different.

"You can receive some donations, but what you have to judge people by is their actions," de Blasio said.

Meanwhile, Bill Thompson was under fire for campaign contributions from people, who did business with the city's pension funds while he was city comptroller.

"I'm proud of the work that I did as comptroller," Thompson said. "If you go back and look, there is no tie in between contributions and the work that was given out. If anything, we picked the best."

Democrats were not the only ones slamming each other over campaign contributions, as Republicans too talked about campaign cash.

John Catsimatidis has called for Joe Lhota to drop out of the Republican primary, because he says Lhota has not raised enough money.

Lhota has raised $2 million.

Catsimatidis, a billionaire, is spending millions of dollars of his own cash for his bid for City Hall.

"The people are for me, because I am for the people," Catsimatidis said.

"John has spent millions of dollars, and no one knows what his vision is for the future. Asking me to drop out is just absurd," Lhota said.

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