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Real Estate Executive Massey Ends Campaign for New York Mayor

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  • ‘The cost of running for office is extraordinary,’ Massey says
  • Candidate collected $5.75 million to bid to unseat de Blasio

Paul Massey, president of New York investment sales for real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield Inc., ended his run for New York mayor, citing the high expenses associated with trying to unseat Bill de Blasio.

“Unfortunately, the cost of running for office is extraordinary, and I do not see a path to raising the necessary funds to beat an incumbent mayor,” Massey said in a statement emailed by his campaign staff Wednesday. “I am forever indebted to my family, team and my friends for their support.”

Massey, who was running as a Republican, announced his candidacy last August, touting his knowledge of the city from a long history in the real estate industry. He co-founded closely held commercial-property brokerage Massey Knakal Realty Services in 1988 and sold the company to Cushman & Wakefield in 2014.

He said he would opt out of the city’s public campaign-finance system, which provides matching funds for donations while also imposing individual limits on contributions. He had received financial support from members of Manhattan’s real estate and development community, according to city filings. He also had personally loaned his campaign $2.72 million since September, according to campaign filings.

In all, Massey collected $5.75 million in his primary bid to unseat de Blasio, a Democrat, and spent nearly all of it, largely on campaign consultants. Massey had about $608,000 left on hand as of his latest filing, in mid-May.

‘Business Decision’

Massey came to realize he didn’t have the funding needed to compete, campaign spokeswoman Mollie Fullington said.

“He was looking ahead at the trajectory for fundraising, and he’s a businessman -- he made a business decision,” she said. “He’s invested a good deal of money into the campaign, and you make a decision at some point: ‘Am I going to put more money into this?’”

Massey left the race hours after attending a Republican mayoral debate this morning at the Yale Club with New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who’s also seeking the party’s nomination. “It was the right thing to do to attend the forum,” Fullington said. “We committed to attend.”

(Updates with campaign finance data starting in fourth paragraph.)
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