New York City Council Members Object to airbnb’s Deal with the Clinton Global Initiative

City Council members urge Clintons to drop Airbnb partnership

From the Real Deal, September 25, 2014

City Council is calling on the Clinton Global Initiative to cut ties with the controversial short-term rental startup Airbnb.

The Clinton Foundation had announced a partnership with Airbnb in which the startup would provide accommodations to AmeriCorps volunteers during the nonprofit’s annual global meeting in Midtown.

But in a letter to the foundation’s CEO Eric Braverman, the Council members argued that Airbnb is “the leading operator in the illegal hotel industry that is exacerbating the affordable-housing crisis in New York City.”