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Bill de Blasio finally pulls the plug on his sputtering presidential bid

As of the last public accounting, 70 percent of the mayor’s 6,700 donors were tied to the city’s powerful Hotel Trades Council that has benefited from de Blasio’s battle against Airbnb. De Blasio also ordered his Planning Department to study mandatory permitting for all new hotels across the city that would give the HTC tremendous leverage to require unionized labor in the hotels. Good-government advocate Susan Lerner said the order, “at a minimum, creates the appearance of impropriety and illegality.”