Hip-hop producer Irv Gotti contributed $1,000 to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's reelection campaign, according to the mayor's latest campaign finance report filed Wednesday.
Gotti is listed in the report as Irving Lorenzo, a music producer at IG Records at a Manhattan address.
He was a last-minute contributor, paying by credit card on Wednesday, according to the report. His fame grew with hits for Ashanti, Ja Rule and Jay-Z, although Lorenzo has since moved into reality TV. In 2005, he and his brother were acquitted of federal charges that they used his record label, then known as Murder Inc., to launder money for a drug kingpin.
Although Fenty's image has been largely defined by his athleticism and retail politics, Fenty is a hip-hop head, according to friends. Last May, Fenty proved his rap knowledge by joining in with RUN DMC's Darryl McDaniels when he spat a few rhymes after a news conference on foster care.
Lorenzo's $1,000 contribution was part of $327,305.51 that Fenty raised from Feb. 1 through Wednesday, bringing his total to more than $3.9 million for his reelection campaign.
He's closer to earning what political insiders are calling him: the $4 million man. Fenty, however, has spent some funds. He has $3.3 million in cash on hand, according to the report.
Stay tuned to D.C. Wire for more on the campaign finance filings.