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De Blasio’s Fairness PAC Doubles Down Over Campaign Spending

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign and his political action committee are doubling down over a $123,000 payment the Federal Election Commission flagged for potentially running afoul of contribution limits. The mayor used his federal Fairness political action committee to pay for presidential polling ahead of his short-lived White House run — but his de […]

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FEC Raises New Questions Over De Blasio Campaign Spending

Additional reporting by Yoav Gonen Mayor Bill de Blasio used a political action committee to pay for presidential polling ahead of his short-lived White House run — potentially running afoul of contribution limits, according to the Federal Election Commission. In a letter to the mayor’s Fairness PAC dated Sunday, a federal election official noted the […]

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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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Complaint Hits de Blasio on Campaign Finance ‘Shell Game’

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential campaign broke federal campaign finance rules by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in donations and expenses to the Federal Election Commission, a complaint filed Wednesday charges. De Blasio’s presidential campaign and his two political action committees essentially accepted contributions beyond the $2,800 federal individual limit — and […]

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Bill de Blasio’s PACs for Dems Helped His Run, Records Show

The state and federal political action committees Mayor Bill de Blasio launched last year to help elect progressives across New York and the country have also aided his favorite Democrat: Him. New filings submitted to the Federal Election Commission late Wednesday night show de Blasio’s federal Fairness PAC and NY Fairness PAC have allocated just […]

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Chelsea Hotel Steers Donations to de Blasio While Seeking Construction OK

Starting nearly a year ago, the owners of the historic Chelsea Hotel needed City Hall to approve their multimillion-dollar plan to turn the grungy landmark into a shiny luxury hotel with a rooftop lounge. Rent-stabilized tenants living in the hotel were accusing the owners of trying to force them out, and filed complaint after complaint […]

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MAYORAL MATH: De Blasio Claims Campaign Video Isn’t a Campaign Expense

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his long-shot bid for the White House May 16 with a three-minute video in which he declared: “There’s plenty of money in this country — it’s just in the wrong hands.” Now, money paid for the video that launched de Blasio’s campaign and is featured on his campaign website isn’t […]

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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 […]