City Comptroller John Liu refunded more than $14,000 worth of contributions implicated in the straw donor scheme that has overshadowed his campaign, new campaign filings show.
Mr. Liu, whose former treasurer and a fund-raiser were found guilty earlier this month on federal campaign finance fraud charges, returned 29 contributions, which ranged from $50 to $1,000, the filings show.
Many had expected Anthony Weiner’s quarterly campaign finance filing to reveal additional information about his efforts to ramp up a highly-anticipated mayoral bid, but the former congressman’s report ended up showing very few additional details.
In 53 days, Mr. Kellner, a candidate for Upper East Side Councilwoman Jessica Lappin’s seat this year, has raised over $123,000 from over 440 donors, his campaign announced this morning. The total makes Mr. Kellner one of the strongest fundraisers in the city and effectively means he can’t raise any more money for the decisive Democratic primary while accepting public matching funds.
Igor Oberman, who only started campaigning for Councilman Mike Nelson’s seat 3 weeks ago, has already raised more than $85,000 according to his campaign. The sum–likely to be among the largest earned by any of the city’s Council candidates this filing period–instantly puts down a strong marker in a heated race in southern Brooklyn. His team also said Mr. Oberman, an attorney and president of the board of directors in a large housing complex in the district, amassed the sum through over 200 donors, 70 percent of whom came from within the district.