Over 100,000 campaign finance violations; Who must file with NYS BOE?
There are many people active in local politics who have not studied the laws. On May 7, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) published a report saying that they had discovered more that 100,000 campaign filing violations over a two-year period.
NYPIRG admitted that many of the violations were minor, such as not including the address of a vendor on a filing form, which is required. Still, violations can be punishable by fines.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the high number of violations and the lax enforcement of the laws were “unacceptable,” and the state needs to address the problem.
Bill Mahoney, the research coordinator for NYPIRG, said that at the current moment the state BOE has no investigators.