NYC Campaign Finance Board Actions

March 9, 2017 — At today’s regularly scheduled meeting, 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 2016A special election. The Board assessed penalties for those violations, and determined that another campaign from the 2013 city election would be required to repay public funds. Refer to the charts below for details on these determinations.

Additionally, the Board voted to ratify February 1 and February 9 special election public funds payments, and to ratify a denial of candidate Athena Moore’s (2017A) 5-02(a) petition. The Board also voted to re-adopt the Ethical Guidelines.

Today’s meeting was the first public meeting with our new Board Chair Frederick Schaffer. During the meeting, Chairman Schaffer delivered the following remarks:

“New York City’s public campaign financing system is a model for states and cities around the country; especially for those that want to reduce the influence of big money in politics. I was proud to serve on the 2010 Charter Revision Commission that led to the Charter mandate for disclosure of independent expenditures in city elections, which the CFB administers and that significantly strengthened the City’s program. My hope for my term as Chair of the Board is to make the City’s program even stronger, so that more New Yorkers can get involved in elections as voters, contributors and even candidates.”

Violations and Penalties
(for details, follow the link in the Total Penalties column)

 

Candidate

(Election Cycle)

Office

Violation

Penalty

Total

Penalties

Carlton Curry

(2016A)

Program Participant: $0

 

City Council

(District #17)

Material misrepresentation or fraud

$10,000

$10,000

 

Candidate

(Election Cycle)

Office

Violation

Penalty

Total

Penalties

Ricardo Brown

(2013)

Program Participant: $0

City Council

(District #31)

Failing to report bank and merchant accounts used for campaign purposes

$500

$71,036

Failing to provide bank/merchant account statements

$500

Failing to report transactions

$201

Failing to demonstrate compliance with cash receipts reporting and documentation requirements

$887

Failing to demonstrate compliance with reporting requirements for receipts and disbursements

$3,000

Filing late disclosure statements

$1,300

Failing to demonstrate compliance with subcontractor reporting and documentation requirements

$50

Accepting over-the-limit contributions

$8,450

Accepting contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships

$1,451

Failing to document transactions

$700

Failing to report and document basic campaign functions/activities

$500

Failing to demonstrate compliance with intermediary reporting and documentation requirements

No Penalty

Failing to respond to the Draft Audit Report

$500

Failing to demonstrate that spending was in furtherance of the campaign

$1,661

Converting campaign funds to a personal use

$19,991

Commingling campaign funds with personal or business funds

$4,815

Submitting false contribution reporting and documentation

$6,530

Material misrepresentation

$20,000

 

Public Funds Repayments

 

Candidate

(Election Cycle)

Public Funds Received

Public Funds Repayment

 

Julio Pabon

(2013)

City Council

(District #17)

 

$54,214

$2,796

Archived video of today’s meeting and hearing is available at www.nyccfb.info/live.

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