Gay Hotelier Ian Reisner Lied, Wrote Donation Check To Anti-Gay Sen. Ted Cruz
Ian Reisner, embattled developer of the OUT Hotel in NYC and the Fire Island Pines commercial district, lied about cutting a check to Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the most virulent anti-gay politicians in modern history to run for president.
“There were no checks given, it was nothing like that,” Reisner told New York Magazine after his reception for Cruz at his Manhattan penthouse made headlines.
But the New York Times is reporting that Reisner lied about this claim. Apparently, the openly gay hotelier wrote a check for $2,700 -- the max an individual can contribute -- to Ted Cruz's presidential campaign. (No word yet on checks written by any of the other millionaire's in attendance at Reisner's private reception.) Reisner reports that he asked for the check back from the Cruz Campaign once the bad press started to get out.
“In the interest of transparency, I gave Senator Cruz a $2,700 check to show my support for his work on behalf of Israel,” Mr. Reisner said in a statement he provided after The Times learned of the donation from two people with direct knowledge of it. “When I realized his donation could be misconstrued as supporting his anti-gay marriage agenda, I asked for the money back. Senator Cruz’s office gave the money back, and I have no intention of giving any money to any politicians who aren’t in support of L.G.B.T. issues.”
A spokesman for Mr. Cruz declined to comment. Mr. Reisner, a friend insisted, was aware that his donation — and the refund — will appear on Mr. Cruz’s campaign finance filing when it becomes public in July.
Will this affect the business-as-usual at Fire Island Pines that was reported last week for the kick-off of the season?