De Blasio will not be charged after fundraising investigation

Posted March 26, 2017

Mayor de Blasio will not face any federal or local criminal charges stemming from investigations into his fundraising practices during his 2013 bid for City Hall.

Voters, de Blasio said, are concerned about health care, jobs, housing and schools - not the fundraising investigations.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. relayed his decision not to seek charges in a 10-page letter to the New York State Board of Elections, which had contacted his office a year ago to say that associates of de Blasio had committed crimes by raising money for state senate races in a way that sidestepped limits on candidate contributions.

"We acted appropriately, we acted lawfully, we cooperated from the very beginning", de Blasio said. "We have been confident from the moment these reviews began that the actions of the Mayor and our Administration have always been within the law", Phillips said.

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The Manhattan district attorney's office was separately examining whether de Blasio steered campaign contributions to county committees in order to sidestep NY state campaign finance limits.

"It doesn't mean we didn't get a lot done in the meantime, but a certain amount of time and energy went into that effort, so this simply confirmed what I have been saying all along and I was obviously pleased to see the issue closed". In a 10-page letter to the state Board of Elections, whose own inquiry led to his investigation, Vance said his office had interviewed more than 50 people and reviewed more than 1 million documents.

On Thursday, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H. Kim, ended any speculation by announcing that his office would not be handing down indictments in the federal case.

The DA did hint that the state Board of Elections - which filed the complaint that got his probe rolling - might still pursue "civil or regulatory action". The US attorney's office and the FBI conducted the federal investigation, and the Manhattan district attorney's office oversaw the state one, assisted by the FBI.

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Robert Shapiro, a political science professor at Columbia University, said questions linger that could create political difficulty for de Blasio as he campaigns.

Ironically, the mayor has already implicitly admitted wrongdoing in the matter the feds investigated, the apparent sale of city favors for contributions to his pet nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York: He has endorsed legislation to prevent office-holders from running similar "charities".

Both were largely aimed at getting state lawmakers to back his agenda - yet de Blasio today is probably more unpopular in Albany than ever.

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