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De Blasio’s Creative Fundraising Outlives His Presidential Hopes

Shortly before Mayor Bill de Blasio scrapped his White House bid, the Federal Election Commission sent a letter to his presidential campaign committee. It requested information about a $52,852 debt to his state political action committee and noting that contributions over $5,000 are barred. The fed’s letter to the mayor’s campaign underscored that he ended […]

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Mayor de Blasio’s Nonprofit Got Developer’s Check After $12m Deal — and a Call

A few weeks after City Hall transferred city-owned land in the Bronx to a developer and approved $12 million in financing for an affordable apartment complex, Mayor Bill de Blasio picked up the phone. He called the developer, mentioned his then-active nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York — and told the builder from Douglaston […]

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De Blasio-Style Fundraising Tactics Now Subject to Fines

The kind of conflict-ridden fundraising Mayor de Blasio conducted on behalf of his former nonprofit group will soon be punishable by fines of up to $25,000 per violation, under new rules adopted Thursday. The city Conflicts of Interest Board voted to codify rules that prohibit government officials from soliciting donations for city government-affiliated nonprofits from […]

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City Ethics Watchdog Urged to Consider Penalties in Mayor’s Fundraising Flap

Two government watchdog groups urged the city’s ethics board Thursday to weigh in publicly on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s apparent flouting of fundraising guidelines – and consider penalties. As THE CITY revealed last month, a Department of Investigation probe determined de Blasio violated conflict of interest rules after being warned repeatedly not to solicit donations […]

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PAC-Man de Blasio Gobbles Up Donations from People with City Business

Mayor Bill de Blasio is personally soliciting donations for his political action committee – reaping money from sources that include individuals seeking favorable treatment from his administration, an investigation by THE CITY found. The revelations about de Blasio’s Fairness PAC – which he’s using, in part, to pay for travels exploring a presidential bid – […]

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Mayor de Blasio Violated Ethics Rules in Seeking Donations Despite Warnings, Probe Finds

Mayor Bill de Blasio violated conflict of interest rules after being warned repeatedly not to solicit donations from individuals actively seeking tax breaks, deed transfers and other favors from his administration, according to a Department of Investigation report obtained by THE CITY. The finding followed a two-and-a-half year DOI probe that ended in October but […]