| ||Carl Icahn (pictured) backed primary winning Republican nominee Joe Lhota. (Photo: Bloomberg)|
Populist New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's win this week in the Democratic primary overrode the wishes of nearly all the hedge fund titans who donated to the race.
Neither $4,950 from Och-Ziff Capital Management part-owner Robert Ziff nor $5,775 from Prince Street Capital co-founder Peter McKown, nor even a personally hosted fundraiser from Third Point's Dan Loeb could push their preferred candidate Christine Quinn above a third place finish in the primaries.
Others donating to the soon-to-be jobless City Council speaker included Balestra Capital founder Jim Melcher, and Jeff Gates, founder of Gates Capital Management, according to New York City Campaign Finance Board records.
Relatively few hedge funders backed the winner de Blasio, the current New York City public advocate. Craig Nerenberg, co-founder of high-flying Brenner West Capital Management, gave $4,775, while George Soros chipped in $2,000.
John Petry, founder of event-driven Sessa Capital, was the only hedge fund maven to give at least $1,000 to free-spirited text messenger Anthony Weiner, who came in fifth in the primaries. No hedge fund employee gave four figures to silver medalist Bill Thompson or John Liu, the fourth place finisher.
On the Republican side of the aisle, those who gave ended on the winning side. Carl Icahn, the cantankerous chairman of Icahn Associates, donated the maximum to GOP nominee Joe Lhota. He was matched in that sum by David Tepper, founder of Appaloosa Management and Jeff Kaplan, Appaloosa's COO.
New Billion Dollar Club member Kieran Goodwin of King Street spinout Panning Capital Management also donated $4,950 to Lhota, along with Panning managing partner Franklin Edmonds.
No hedge funder donated $1,000 or more to second-place Republican finisher John Catsimatidis.
De Blasio and Lhota will face off Nov. 5 for a four year term in the mayor's office.
| Losers |
|Justin Boisseau||COO||Gates Capital Management||Quinn||$4,950 |
|Jeff Gates||Founder||Gates Capital Management||Quinn||$2,475 |
|Ian Hague||Co-Founder||Firebird Management||Quinn||$4,950 |
|Howard Kagan||Ex-Managing Director||Harbinger Capital Partners||Quinn||$2,450 |
|Jonathan Lewinsohn||Ex-Head of Research||Anchorage Capital||Quinn||$4,950 |
|Dan Loeb||Founder||Third Point||Quinn||$2,475 |
|Peter McKown||Co-Founder||Prince Street Capital||Quinn||$5,775 |
|Jim Melcher||Founder||Balestra Capital||Quinn||$2,000 |
|John Petry||Founder||Sessa Capital||Quinn/Weiner||$3,500 |
|Adam Sender||Founder||Exis Capital Management||Quinn||$4,950 |
|Joshua Targoff||COO||Third Point||Quinn||$2,475 |
|Robert Ziff||n/a||Och-Ziff Capital Management||Quinn||$4,950 |
|Andrew Busser||Co-Founder||Symphony Capital||Lhota||$1,000 |
|Nikola Duravcevic||Portfolio Manager||Seneca Capital||de Blasio||$1,000 |
|Franklin Edmonds||Managing Partner||Panning Capital Management|| ||$4,950 |
|Kieran Goodwin||Founder||Panning Capital Management||Lhota||$4,950 |
|Carl Icahn||Chairman||Icahn Associates||Lhota||$4,950 |
|Jeff Kaplan||COO||Appaloosa Management||Lhota||$4,950 |
|John McKowan||Senior Vice President||Paulson & Co.||Lhota||$1,000 |
|Craig Nerenberg||Co-Founder||Brenner West Capital||de Blasio||$4,775 |
|Matthew Sirovich||Co-Founder||Scopia Capital Management||Lhota||$1,000 |
|George Soros||Founder||Soros Fund Management||de Blasio||$2,000 |
|David Tepper||Founder||Appaloosa Management||Lhota||$4,950 |
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Note: Fundraising figures include total contributions of at least $1,000 made in 2011, 2012 or 2013.