Did NYC Deputy Mayor Intimidate Arts Leaders Over Donations?

Did a New York City deputy mayor call arts leaders and ask if they were donating money to the mayor’s opponent? “According to three sources, Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris rebuked the arts and cultural executives in recent months, and in one instance used a City Hall telephone to do so. Some arts officials said her calls had the effect of scaring [Mayor Bloomberg’s opponent’s] donors out of future contributions, and critics said she blurred the line between government and campaign politics.”