Former Obama housing secretary Shaun Donovan says he’d be “the climate mayor,” however his multimillionaire dad who’s funding his lengthy shot City Hall bid is the other of an environmental steward.
Michael Donovan– who has given $6.8 million via a brilliant PAC making him the only largest donor in the complete mayoral race– owns three properties, a gas-guzzling personal jet, and as soon as destroyed wetlands in entrance of his $18 million Bridgehampton property.
“If candidates are taking money from polluters, they are making a big mistake because people suffer,” stated Maritza Silva-Farrell, head of the New York umbrella environmental group ALIGN.
Michael Donovan, 80, pioneered promoting software program and had a close to monopoly of media billing and monitoring trade till his agency Donovan Data Systems merged with one other firm referred to as Mediabank in 2011, forming a 3rd entity referred to as Mediaocean.
“Every major ad agency in the world uses their software,” a enterprise colleague instructed The Post.
The tech entrepreneur stays on Mediaocean’s board. Google is now a significant competitor.
The merger was accredited by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice when Shaun Donavan was a member of the cupboard.
“His father stood to gain hundreds of millions of dollars from something that the DOJ was reviewing,” the enterprise colleague stated.
“Everything was above board, but it had potential to be very awkward,” he stated.
Mediaocean was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in a $720 million deal in 2015. A yr later Michael Donovan landed on the Real Deal’s list of high Hamptons residential gross sales with his $18.2 buy of 411 Jobs Lane in Bridgehampton. The 11,550 sq. foot modern dwelling has 11 bedrooms, 12-and-a-half loos and a 5 automotive storage.
Michael Donovan’s Manhattan handle is simply as spectacular. He lives at 1040 Fifth Avenue, a limestone luxurious cooperative constructing that was as soon as dwelling to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
He has a “very nice plane to fly his family back and forth” to a 3rd dwelling in Charlottesville, VA, the enterprise colleague instructed The Post, including that the personal jet was not too long ago upgraded from a Cessna Citation.
In February 2017, a yr after shopping for the Long Island mansion, the Southhampton Planning Department hit Michael Donovan with a quotation for mowing via a 75-foot large “naturally vegetative wetland” in entrance of his dwelling, in keeping with Martin Shea, the city’s chief environmental analyst.
“Some significant clearing had occurred within the restricted buffer zone,” Shea instructed The Post. “He was required to discontinue all disturbance in that area and allow that area to come back,” Shea stated.
“Wetlands are exceptionally important in terms of surface water quality, in terms of wildlife habitat,” Shea stated.
Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angel founder and Republican mayoral candidate, referred to as Shaun Donovan a hypocrite for benefitting from his dad’s cash whereas claiming to care concerning the atmosphere.
“It’s so typical of so many people running for office, it’s ‘Do as I say not as I do,’ or as my main benefactor, my father, has done,” Sliwa stated.
“If he wants that title, of being you know the next green mayor, the one that’s going to maintain our ecology, he’s going to have to denounce his dad. He’s taking money that obviously was used for reverse,” Sliwa stated.
Despite the hundreds of thousands Michael Donovan has spent on adverts supporting his son, Shaun Donovan has been polling in the single digits.
Neither Donovan responded to requests for remark.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks