Mayor Bloomberg sitting expressionless in the background as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor's Office)

De Blasio Shelled Out Nearly $2 Million on Inauguration and Transition, Latest Filings Show

Mayor Bloomberg sitting expressionless in the background as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio at his inauguration. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent nearly $2 million on his inauguration and transition efforts so far, according to new numbers released today by the city’s campaign finance board.

The new numbers show that, between January 1 and February 28, the campaign spent more than $980,00 on the efforts, including more than $240,600 on the new mayor’s Inauguration Day festivities. That’s in addition to the more than $1 million spent between early November and December 31, 2013 and reported by the board earlier this year. Continue reading “De Blasio Shelled Out Nearly $2 Million on Inauguration and Transition, Latest Filings Show”

Paul Ryan’s ‘Problematic’ RNC Spending Spree

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Paul Ryan campaigning in Virginia earlier this month. (Photo: Getty)

A Politicker examination of federal campaign finance disclosure reports submitted by Paul Ryan’s congressional campaign has uncovered indications Mr. Ryan may have improperly used funds raised for his re-election effort in Wisconsin for presidential campaign activities at the Republican National Convention in August. Mr. Ryan is simultaneously running for re-election in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District and on the GOP presidential ticket with Mitt Romney. At the RNC in Tampa, Mr. Ryan’s House campaign spent about $60,000. However, these convention expenses seem to go far beyond the scope of the activities and staff he had at the RNC for his bid to reclaim his House seat.

One prominent election law expert told us this is a “highly problematic” potential violation of Federal Election Commission regulations regarding candidates running for multiple federal offices. A spokesperson for Mr. Ryan’s opponent in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District described it as a possibly “troubling” element of “Paul Ryan’s overarching pattern of dishonesty in this race.” When we reached out to Mr. Ryan’s congressional campaign manager, we received a shifting series of explanations including at least one statement that was clearly untrue. Continue reading “Paul Ryan’s ‘Problematic’ RNC Spending Spree”