The city’s campaign finance watchdog hit Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Big Apple campaign account with a $16,000 fine for violating a slew of regulations, including failing to promptly return excessive contributions from individuals with business before City Hall.
“The [de Blasio] Campaign failed to timely refund 44 over-the-limit contributions received from individuals listed in the Doing Business Database,” the Campaign Finance Board ruled Thursday.
The limit for contributions from individuals doing business with the city during the 2017 mayoral campaign was $400 — and the CFB hit de Blasio’s campaign with a $10,398 fine for breaking that rule.
It also determined that Hizzoner’s reelection effort broke a slew of other rules, including failing to report expenses or in-kind contributions that came from hosting 22 fundraisers, failing to disclose a dozen donations from late in the campaign cycle on required daily reports and shelling out $6,700 in expenses it could not prove were in “furtherance of the campaign.”
“The Campaign made expenditures totaling $6,714.41 on travel and lodging, including $689.60 for airfare to attend a political conference in Puerto Rico and $5,787.78 for hotels while attending the Democratic Nationa... (Read more)
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