Thursday, May 11, 2017

NYC Campaign Finance Board Votes on Enforcement Matters

Today the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) determined that Violations were committed by one Campaign from the 2013 Citywide Election cycle and one Campaign from the 2012 Special Election. The Board assessed penalties for those violations and determined that one Campaign from the 2013 Citywide Election would be required to Repay Public Funds.

Chairman Frederick Schaffer delivered the following remarks at the meeting:

Monday is another filing deadline for Candidates in the 2017 Elections to disclose their Campaign Finance Reports to the Board and the Public. The two-month Disclosure period ends today, and Candidates may begin filing their Reports as early as Tomorrow.

This is a significant milestone on the path to the Municipal Elections for Candidates, for the CFB, and for Voters. As we get closer to summer, we are approaching the home stretch towards the Party Primaries on September 12th, and the field for that Election is starting to take shape. The General Election will be held on November 7th.

We will reach the next significant milestone on Monday, June 12th, which is the deadline for 2017 Candidates choosing to participate in the Campaign Finance Program. To be eligible to receive Public Funds, Candidates must file their Certification with the CFB by this date. In 2013, 92% of Candidates on the Primary Ballots were Program participants, and we expect similar numbers of Candidates will join the Program this year. As of last week, 59 Candidates in the 2017 Elections have already signed up for the Program.

Violations and Penalties

Joseph Nwachukwu (2012A), City Council (District #12), Public Funds Received: $0
1. Failing to accurately report Cash Receipts, Total Penalties = $550
2. Failing to accurately Report Disbursements, Total Penalties = $500
3. Failing to report Three In-Kind Contributions, Total Penalties = $50

Darlene Mealy (2013), City Council (District #41), Public Funds Received: $43,062
1. Failing to Report Transactions, Total Penalties = $7,663
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with Cash Receipts Reporting and Documentation Requirements, Total Penalties = $465
3. Failing to Demonstrate Compliance with Reporting Requirements for Receipts and Disbursements, Total Penalties = $1,500
4. Filing a Late Disclosure Statement, Total Penalties = $50
5. Failing to File a Disclosure Statement, No Penalty
6. Accepting Contributions from Corporations, Total Penalties = $3,000
7. Accepting Contributions from an Unregistered Political Committee, Total Penalties = $233
8. Failing to Document a Transaction, Total Penalties = $100
9. Late Response to the Initial Documentation Request; Late Response to the Draft Audit Report, Total Penalties = $1,722
10. Public Funds Repayment = $9,499

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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