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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD VOTES ON PENALTIES, REPAYMENT OBLIGATIONS, AND RATIFIES PAYMENT

August 11, 2011 – During a regularly scheduled meeting today, the Campaign Finance Board determined that three campaigns in the 2009 elections committed violations.

Separately, the Board also determined that three campaigns in the 2009 elections must repay public funds.

The Board also ratified the payment of public funds to one campaign in the Fall 2011 City Council election in District 28. For details, see below.

Violations and Penalties

Candidate

Total Public Funds Received

Violation

Penalty

Total Penalties

Margaret S. Chin
CD #1 (2009)

$110,688

Failing to provide bank records

$50

$600*

Failing to comply with subcontractor reporting requirements

$300

Using incorrect entities for expenditures

$250

Helen D. Foster
CD #16 (2009)

$93,110

Non-campaign related expenditures

$728

$3,564

Improper post-election expenditures

$2,286

Over-the-limit “Doing Business” contribution

$250

Contribution from an unregistered political committee

$125

Over-the-limit contribution

$125

Misreporting credit card transactions

$50

James F. Gennaro
CD #24 (2009)

$0

Five corporate contributions

$525

$1,800

Contribution from an unregistered political committee

$125

Three over-the-limit “Doing Business” contributions

$1,150

*Penalties paid.

Public Funds Repayments

Candidate

Total Public Funds Received

Public Funds Repayment

John Choe
CD #20 (2009)

$107,333

$1,320*

Helen D. Foster
CD #16 (2009)

$93,110

$65,185*

Josh Skaller
CD #39 (2009)

$88,550

$6,089**

* Candidate repaid balance of campaign bank account.  Board determination reflects additional obligations.                   
** Candidate made repayment of all public funds due.

 

Ratification of Payment of Public Funds

Candidate

Public Funds Received

Ruben W. Wills
CD #28 (2011)

$57,598

Archived video of today’s meeting, and past Board meetings, can be found at http://www.nyccfb.info/live/.

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