NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Campaign Finance Board on Monday denied public matching funds for Comptroller John Liu, dealing a severe financial blow to the Democrat’s campaign to become New York City’s first Asian-American mayor.
His lawyer said an appeal is planned.
“The evidence suggests that the potential violations are serious and pervasive across campaign’s fundraising,” the board said in a statement read at the hearing. The board said it had received “substantial evidence” of wrongdoings, including straw donors.
“The choice to withhold payment in this instance is based on the campaign’s inability to demonstrate that it is in compliance with the law,” board chair Joseph Parkes said.
Liu, an actuary with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical physics, has said his campaign has complied with all requirements.
“There’s no question that this weakens my campaign,” Liu said after the board’s decision Monday. “I utterly dispute and repudiate those kinds of comments. I disagree with the Campaign Finance Board.”