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. 

From the NYT:

“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?

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this guy is honest, whether we like it or not. 

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You guys in the East have it easy, just boycott the hotel.  End of story.  Who you should all  feel sorry for are us Gays living in Texas under the scrutiny of Ted Cruz and his hate-filled posse!  As for Mr. Reisner donating on the behalf of Israel, that is a bunch of BS.  You can donate at any Synagogue or Jewish Community Center benefiting those in Israel.  You should never donate to any Politician who goes behind the back of the President of the United States, which is exactly what Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans did.  I love how the Republicans are now, according to them, the best friends of the Jewish Community.  Again, what a bunch of BS!

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noted - i will not stay at his places for sure

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Well...  I know one place I will NEVER stay.  Is anyone shocked?  I wonder who and how many gays actually went and gave them business after they first heard about what this idiot did?

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Wow - just wow.

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Hypocrite hypocrite obviously lol

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