The City Council voted Tuesday to allow residents to donate via text message. Under the bill, which must be signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a voter could use their phones to give up to $99 to a candidate in an election cycle.
Beginning Wednesday, any non-profits spending $10,000 or more must report the purpose of that spending.
Sheldon Adelson, the largest foreign investor in China, has invested tens of millions of dollars in influencing the 2012 election and has vowed to spend $100 million to put his thumb on the scale for Mitt Romney in November.
The FBI is considering whether to open an investigation into allegations that followers of a New York City rabbi made illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, according to a law enforcement official.
“This is a victory for individual New Yorkers and clean government and clean campaign finance,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Xing Qu Pan was arrested Wednesday after surrendering to authorities on charges of attempted wire fraud and conspiracy.
Liu says he’ll conduct the internal review following allegations of irregularities.
Fallen ex-congressman Chris Lee is telling campaign donors that he intends to refund all of their money after resigning in the wake of controversy.
MSNBC says it’s suspending morning host Joe Scarborough for two days without pay for making political contributions to four Republican candidates.