The television spot attacks Quinn for her stance on progressive issues including living wage and sick leave bills.
The ad states, “Virtually all of Christine Quinn’s decisions were made in rooms just like this with her friends in the 1 percent.”
An independent group called “New York City Is Not For Sale” paid for the 30-second ad, which is airing on several cable stations, including NY1.
At a news conference Monday, the group bashed Quinn for her support for overturning term limits and defended its right as an unaffiliated organization to spend freely on ads, a practice allowed under the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision.
“We live in the world of Citizen United, whether we like it or not. Here we are looking at a candidate for mayor who stood silently as a mayor with billions of dollars spent hundreds of millions for an election and spent nothing,” said Arthur Cheliotes, a member of New York City Is Not For Sale.
Speaking at an event on the Upper West Side Monday, Quinn took issue with how the ad was financed.
“What we’re seeing here today, whether it was focused on me or anyone else who is running is not appropriate. Really, not anywhere, but certainly not appropriate in New York City, in this terrific public finance system that we have,” said Quinn. “And I just hope this is the first and the last as it relates to any candidate, for or against, because we have no place for this type of independent expenditure in this great public system.”
The group behind the ad says it has pledged more than $1 million to the campaign and is spending $250,000 for the initial television advertising.
Watch the campaign ad below:
What’s your reaction to the ad campaign slamming Speaker Quinn? Should elections be financed by more public or private money? As of now, who do you support for mayor?