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Albany, NY - NY Elections Board Staffer Faulted For Releasing De Blasio Investigation Report

Published on: May 31, 2016 09:58 PM
By: AP
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FILE - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gestures during a media briefing in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonFILE - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gestures during a media briefing in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Albany, NY - New York’s inspector general has criticized a Board of Elections spokesman for releasing an investigative report about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to a newspaper.

That report said prosecutors should open a criminal investigation, now under way, into whether a 2014 fund-raising effort for Democratic state Senate candidates improperly skirted campaign finance limits by routing large contributions through county political committees.

De Blasio has denied any wrongdoing, saying they followed the law and his team has been unfairly singled out for a common practice.

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Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says Tuesday that John Conklin, elections board director of public information, acknowledged giving the investigative documents to the New York Daily News even though they were labeled “privileged and confidential.”

Calls to the board and Conklin weren’t immediately returned.



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