Bill de Blasio’s newly graduated son Dante, 22, made $650 a week working as a ‘policy analyst’ for his father’s failed presidential campaign
- Bill de Blasio’s failed presidential campaign filed FEC disclosures on Tuesday
- His son Dante was paid $650 a week as a policy analyst for the campaign
- Dante figured in de Blasio’s biggest debate line, about raising a black son
Bill de Blasio’s failed campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination paid his recent college grad son $650 a week as a policy analyst, according to campaign disclosures.
Dante de Blasio, who graduated from Yale University in May, made just $175 a week less than the campaign’s South Carolina political director, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures reported by the New York Post.
The elder de Blasio, who is New York City’s mayor, raised just $333,000 for the quarter before pulling the plug on his campaign on September 20.
His son Dante, 22, has played a role in de Blasio’s political life for years, filming a campaign ad touting his dad for mayor in 2013.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen on the campaign trail with wife Chirlane and son Dante at the Iowa State Fair in August. FEC filings show Dante made $650 a week as a policy analyst for the campaign, which de Blasio terminated last month
In the presidential campaign, Dante figured into de Blasio’s biggest moment in the debates, when the candidate crowed that he was the only candidate with a black son — a remark that sent perplexed voters outside of New York scrambling to Google his family story.
De Blasio has two children with his wife Chirlane McCray, who is black, and who until meeting de Blasio in 1991 was a proud and outspoken lesbian.
Soon after the first Democratic debate, Dante penned an op-ed for USA Today, describing how his father gave him ‘the talk’ about how to act around police officers as a young black man.
In July, Dante joined his father’s campaign as a policy analyst.
Bill de Blasio is joined by his wife Chirlane and his son Dante at the Iowa State Fair
‘I’ve always loved politics, love learning about it, love being involved in it, and this campaign seemed like a great opportunity to get more involved in the world,’ Dante told the New York Times at the time.
‘I expressed interest and they said we’d love to have you,’ he said about joining the campaign.
De Blasio’s latest FEC filings also revealed that most of his $1 million in expenses from July through September were related to his travel in early primary states.
The top donors to the campaign were members of the New York’s powerful Hotel Trades Council labor union, city workers, and heiress Abigail Disney.
The campaign refunded $2,800 that actor Steve Buscemi had donated for the general election.