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New York Campaign Finance Board

02/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/13/2020 18:56

NYC Campaign Finance Board Votes on Enforcement Matters for Five Campaigns

02/13/2020

At today's public meeting, the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) determined that five campaigns from the 2017 election cycle committed violations and assessed penalties for those violations. The Board also determined that one campaign must repay public funds and dismissed a complaint against another. Refer to the tables below for details on these determinations. A video record of the meeting is available at nyccfb.info/live.

In addition to these deliberations, the Board voted to ratify public funds paymentsto candidates in the 2020 special election for Queens Borough President. The Board dismissed candidate Elizabeth Crowley's petition challenging the Board's January 30 payment determination pursuant to Rule 7-09, but noted that the campaign would have the opportunity to receive additional public funds for the 2020A election. The Board also voted to issue for public comment proposed amendmentsto the Board's rules.

Violations and Penalties

(for details, follow the link in the Total Penalties column)
Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Michel Faulkner
(2017)

Public Funds Received: $0

Comptroller 1. Failing to provide merchant account statements No Penalty $8,146
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $146
3. Accepting over-the-limit contributions $5,000
4. Accepting a contribution from an unregistered political committee $3,000
Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Letitia James
(2017)

Public Funds Received: $756,486

Public Advocate 1. Failing to document transactions $100 $700
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements $600
Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Melinda Katz
(2017)

Public Funds Received: $567,464

Queens Borough President 1. Failing to document transactions $614 $942
2. Failing to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements $200
3. Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign $128
4. Making impermissible post-election expenditures No Penalty
Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Hiram Monserrate

Public Funds Received: $100,100

City Council
(District #21)
1. Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements $818 $26,473
2. Failing to report transactions in daily pre-election disclosure statements $250
3. Failing to report and document basic campaign functions/ activities $500
4. Failing to document transactions $200
5. Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign $407
6. Exceeding the expenditure limit $24,248
7. Filing a late response to the initial documentation request $50
Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Violation Penalty Total Penalties
Jorge Vasquez

Public Funds Received:
$86,160

City Council
(District #02)
1. Failing to file a disclosure statement $750 $1,250
2. Failing to report transactions in daily pre-election disclosure statements $250
3. Accepting contribution from corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships $250
4. Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign No Penalty
5. Making impermissible post election expenditures No Penalty
Public Funds Repayment
Candidate
(Election Cycle)
Office Public Funds
Repayment
Melinda Katz
(2017)

Public Funds Received:
$567,464


Queens Borough President $135,823.57*
*Represents the campaign's remaining bank balance.