No charges against de Blasio in fundraising probes

No charges against de Blasio in fundraising probes

No federal or state charges will be brought against Mayor Bill de Blasio or his staff in a corruption probe focused on campaign fundraising efforts, 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa reported.

The investigation involved accusations that de Blasio and his aides gave favorable treatment to donors who contributed to his 2013 mayoral election campaign.

De Blasio said he wasn't surprised he'd be cleared, and he maintained throughout his administration had done nothing wrong.

State and federal probes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf, prosecutors said Thursday.

"We have conducted a thorough investigation into several circumstances in which Mayor de Blasio and others acting on his behalf solicited donations from individuals who sought official favors from the City, after which the Mayor made or directed inquiries to relevant City agencies on behalf of those donors".

Kim went on to say that it is rare for a U.S. Attorney to release a public statement about an investigation, but he believed it was appropriate.

Experts on NY politics said they couldn't think of a comparable situation in which the city's mayor had faced a probe - and had been questioned - by federal prosecutors.

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But Vance also flagged Team Blas' "reliance on the advice of counsel" as key - meaning the mayor and his minions worked closely with an election-law attorney even as they "structured" payments to avoid the law's intent.

New York City mayoral elections are scheduled for November 7. "I think this confirms what I've been saying".

He noted that the BOE was not precluded from pursuing civil or regulatory action, that the Board should issue an advisory opinion to note which conduct is prohibited or allowed under the election law criminal statute, and that the Legislature should tighten the loopholes in the election law that undermine contribution limits. "They saw a whole year play out where nothing was proven, lots of allegations and no charges brought".

A letter from District Attorney Cy Vance to the state's Board of Elections said the activities of de Blasio's associates "appear contrary to the intent and spirit of the laws that impost candidate contribution limits", but that they could not be prosecuted nonetheless.

For months, it appeared that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio might not have much of a political future.

De Blasio, who had refused to answer specific questions about his fundraising since news of the interlocking probes first broke, disputed both prosecutors' critical descriptions of his behavior in a brief session with reporters after discussing the effects of Trump's budget. "With this Mayor, they will always get it".

But that won't be a criminal case, so a host of potential challengers to de Blasio's re-election will stay on the sidelines.

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