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Leaked Memo Calling My Fundraising Criminal is Political Ploy: De Blasio

(DNAINFO)  Jeff Mays | April 25, 2016 — The mayor said his fundraising was within the law and decried leaks about the federal probe into it.

As the federal investigation into his political fundraising activities continues, Mayor Bill de Blasio questioned the political motivations behind the leak of a letter from the State Board of Elections questioning the legality of his effort to raise money to help Democrats take control of the state Senate in 2014.

“In this instance, there is an obvious question mark around that memo that was leaked to the press and real questions about motivation and obviously huge questions about accuracy in terms of the law,” the mayor said during an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn.

The January 2016 letter from Risa Sugarman, the state Board of Elections’ chief enforcement counsel, accuses de Blasio and his team, including top aide Emma Wolfe, of purposely violating election law by routing donations to three upstate senate candidates by using county committees to avoid donation limits.

Source: Leaked Memo Calling My Fundraising Criminal is Political Ploy: De Blasio – Civic Center – DNAinfo.com New York