By Luis Gronda
Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign was dealt a major blow earlier this week when he was denied money for his bid.
The Campaign Finance Board denied public matching funds to Liu because of alleged violations his campaign made while fundraising.
“The Board did not approve a public matching funds payment to John Liu’s campaign for mayor during today’s meeting, because there is reason to believe that violations of the Act and Board rules have been committed by his campaign. The evidence suggests that the potential violations are serious and pervasive across the campaign’s fundraising,” Campaign Finance Board Chairman Joseph Parkes said in a statement.
Two Liu associates, Jenny Hou and Oliver Pan, were convicted earlier this year of recruiting people to donate to Liu’s campaign, concealing their identities and later reimbursing that money given to them.
Liu has vowed to continue his campaign despite the funding denial.
Liu’s four main Democratic rivals each received funds from the CFB on Monday. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn received the most, $3,357,585. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio received $2,189,283; Anthony Weiner received $1,464,267 and Bill Thompson was given $1,428,686 in matching funds.
“I am disappointed in the CFB’s decision to not only deny my campaign but to deny thousands of New Yorkers of their ability to leverage their own dollars,” the Comptroller said in a statement. “The CFB has chosen to make certain characterizations of my campaign.”