The Financiers Who Helped Back New York Marriage (New York Times, 6/26/11)

Posted on: June 26, 2011

The Financiers Who Helped Back N.Y. Gay Marriage Campaign
BY MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

Much of the attention around the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York has revolved around the back-room politicking involved: the deals, the cajoling, the organizing.

But as The New York Times reported over the weekend, a crucial fount of support came from a seemingly unusual source: Wall Street donors known in large part for conservative leanings.

According to The Times, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sought the backing of three financiers: Paul E. Singer, the founder of Elliott Management and an ardent Republican donor; Clifford S. Asness, the head of the quant fund AQR Capital; and Daniel S. Loeb, the leader of Third Point.

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