Klein Says Board Of Elections Probe Based On ‘Bogus Claim’

Chris Bragg updates yesterday’s story on the Senate IDC campaign finance inquiry in the Times Union. From the article:

“In a radio interview on Wednesday morning, Bronx state Sen. Jeff Klein explained why he believes a state Board of Elections investigation into a campaign group founded by the Klein-led, five-member Independent Democratic Conference stems from a “bogus claim.”

As the Times Union reported this morning, the group, the IDC Initiative, has spent $65,000 in campaign cash on two election attorneys since Mar. 2015 in relation to the inquiry. The probe, by the Board of Elections’ independent enforcement office, stemmed from a complaint filed by a 2014 state Senate candidate, former New York City Comptroller John Liu, who was running in a Democratic primary against Queens state Sen. Tony Avella, an IDC member.

“This was a bogus claim made by John Liu, which is kind of ironic because his career was destroyed by campaign finance violations,” Klein said Wednesday on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter.”

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