Podestas Host Fundraiser for Andrew Cuomo

Posted November 3, 2009 at 4:42pm

New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is coming to town later this month for a fundraiser hosted by lobbying power couple Tony and Heather Podesta, along with influential Pennsylvania lobbyist Bill Titelman and his wife Maria, major Democratic donors.

The lunch reception, Nov. 16 at Bistro Bis in downtown Washington, D.C., will raise funds for Cuomo’s attorney general campaign committee, but the funds can easily be transferred over to a gubernatorial campaign. Cuomo has said he won’t make any announcements about his political future until 2010, but his aggressive fundraising — he had $10.1 million cash on hand midway through the year, according to his most recent campaign finance disclosure, filed in July — have done nothing to dampen expectations that he will run for the Democratic nomination next year.

Co-hosts of the event include a long list of heavy hitters in the government affairs and political fundraising worlds, including Recording Industry Association of America Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol and President Cary Sherman; Connie Campanella, president and CEO of Stateside Associates; Beth Dozoretz, a leading bundler for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, and her husband Ron; Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman, the former Kansas congressman and secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton administration.