Political Housekeeping Accounts Grow

Housekeeping accounts, from contributions that help run the party machinery pay the rent and staff, comes under scrutiny by Common Cause NY.

Rick Karlin reports in the Times Union:

“Contributions to housekeeping accounts for Democrats and Republicans alike have hit record levels in recent years, according to at report from the good government group Common Cause of New York.

Almost $30 million went into housekeeping accounts from 2013-2015 averaging nearly $10 million annually, according to state Board of Electionsdata. That’s up from about $8.2 million per year between 2006 and 2012. The money is intended for party-building or operating expenses not directly related to campaigns.

Much of the money comes from limited liability companies, which don’t need to disclose their donors in filings. LLCs are also subject to the $150,000 aggregate contribution limit for individuals, rather than the $5,000 corporate limit per year.”

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