Bill de Blasio Fundraising Investigation: No Charges Will Be Filed

Posted March 26, 2017

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 allegations included quid pro quo contributions during his last mayoral election, in which several donors were allegedly given special time and favors in return for campaign donations.

"No one interfered in any way", said de Blasio, who told reporters his comments Thursday would be the final time he discussed the investigations.

Bill de Blasio addressed the media Thursday just hours after federal officials and the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced that the mayor will not face corruption charges.

Kim said it was rare for his office to issue a public statement about the status of an investigation but believed it appropriate "in order not to unduly influence the upcoming campaign and mayor election".

One closing irony: For all the energy and effort the mayor and his team put into these not-to-be-prosecuted schemes, neither the Campaign for One New York nor the state fund-raising scam actually did them much good.

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De Blasio, in an interview on WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show," said he had not seen the full Manhattan D.A. letter, but that he and his associates had always acted legally.

"This situation has been resolved and now we've got to get back to work serving the people of New York City, 24/7", Hizzoner said at a City Hall press conference Thursday. In February, Blasio himself was called in for four hours of questioning.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who had been investigating the 2014 Senate campaign, also announced that there would be no charges.

Bradley Tusk, a political consultant who created a website that sought a rival to defeat de Blasio, said the prosecutors' decision all but ensured the mayor's re-election.

Vance, in a 10-page letter, wrote that soliciting donations for state Senate candidates through county committees, which have larger donation limits, appeared "contrary to the intent and spirit of the laws that impose candidate contribution limits, laws which are meant to prevent "corruption and the appearance of corruption" in the campaign financing process". But money can't be given to a party committee with the direction that it will be passed on to a particular candidate.

"After careful deliberation. we do not intend to bring federal criminal charges against the Mayor", said Kim, who replaced U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara - fired Saturday by President Donald Trump.