In Newsday, David M. Schwartz reports on campaign contributions returned to the teachers union by the Suffolk County Democratic Party:
“The Suffolk Democratic Committee returned a $100,000 union campaign contribution during the 2014 election because the union sought to steer the money to Democratic State Senate candidate Adrienne Esposito in possible violation of state election law, according to documents and Suffolk Democratic officials.
The New York State United Teachers also sent or offered contributions intended for Esposito’s campaign to three town Democratic committees in Suffolk, county Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer and town committee chairs said.
Brookhaven and Smithtown Democrats declined the contributions. The Islip Town Democratic Committee accepted a $40,000 donation from NYSUT and contributed $20,000 to Esposito’s campaign a week later, state campaign finance records show.”