Mayor de Blaiso’s campaign for president refuses to say whether his staffers have “good-paying jobs.”
Hizzoner says people earning $50,000 or more hold so-called “good-paying” gigs, but it’s unclear how much the people working on his quixotic bid for the White House take home.
De Blasio 2020 spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg repeatedly refused to provide salary figures for campaign officials and aides this week.
“We’re not giving out salaries just so the Daily News can write a story,” she bristled in an email. “Salaries will be released with the next filing, as with the rest of the campaign disclosures.”
De Blasio’s campaign spent about $22,528.28 on salaries between mid-May, when he declared his candidacy, and the end of the last federal election disclosure period on June 30, filings show.
Only five staffers were on the payroll during those 46 days. Senior campaign adviser and former City Hall official Jon Paul Lupo made the most, taking home $10,618.10, filings show.
The figures are after-tax, according to Rothenberg, who added that the campaign pays people twice a month.
In July, the campaign hired at least eight more people, including de Blasio’s son, Dante, who is a paid policy analyst.
Rothenberg wouldn’t say how many full-time employees are currently on the campaign, but insisted staffers get full medical, dental and vision benefits.
The de Blasio administration’s plan to create 100,000 “good-paying jobs” officially defines them as positions with salaries of $50,000 or more.
“If you're making $50,000 in this city, you have a real chance at economic stability and the ability to pay for the cost of living,” de Blasio said in June 2017 when announcing the plan.
The plan has cost taxpayers about $300 million even though only 3,072 “good-paying jobs” have been created so far.