By RYAN WICKER
In 2014, Senator Terrence Murphy first exposed the block-bluster pay-to-play allegations against Mayor Bill de Blasio in a complaint that the Chief Enforcement Counsel of the State Board of Elections called “willful and flagrant” and referred for “criminal prosecution.” The scam made a developer feel “uncomfortable” after he was shaken down for cash.
Unlawfully steering campaign donations to evade contribution limits is in and of itself a class E felony under New York election law. The New York Times reports federal prosecutors are now honing in on “evidence of a scheme to use the county committees to illegally redistribute contributions to candidates” as part of a larger investigation into de Blasio’s fundraising. The straw donors, many of whom were seeking city contracts, were also pressured to donate to de Blasio’s non-profit.
On Turesday at 11 a.m. in White Plains, Senator Terrence Murphy, who first discovered the scheme, will detail this flagrant abuse of New York State campaign finance law and other loopholes which reek of pay-to-play and led to the growing crisis and reveal new details about the ongoing investigation.
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