Looks like my colleagues at City and State dogged reporting snagged another pol (see Laura Nahmias reporting on ex-assemblyman William Boyland) playing games with campaign finance rules. The de Blasio campaign deny that they did any illegal coordination with 1199SEIU in 2013.
The NY Post reported today:
The Campaign Finance Board has been looking into possible violations by Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 campaign committee for coordinating operations with powerful Local 1199 SEIU — his most important supporter.
Board officials asked the de Blasio campaign to account for a host of “coordinated” activities described in an Oct. 10, 2013, City & State magazine interview of Local 1199 political director Kevin Finnegan, documents obtained by The Post show.
The interview raised red flags at the board because the campaign had paid the union only about $19,000 at that point. Unpaid coordinated campaigning violates regulations because it circumvents spending limits.
A de Blasio lawyer wrote to the board 15 days later, claiming the article contained “significant” errors.