Mayor de Blasio was hit with over $47,000 in fines for violating campaign finance rules— including having his partially taxpayer-funded campaign pick up the tab for a makeup artist for his family and a six-figure payout to his buddy’s PR firm that appeared unwarranted.
The huge sum is one of the highest fine amounts hit on any of the 2013 campaigns.
The Campaign Finance Board, in a determination released Thursday, levied most of the $47,778 in fines against the mayor for what it called “impermissible” post-election spending.
The $21,159 fine for that violation largely stems from a $168,750 payout to Hilltop, which employed de Blasio’s campaign manager Bill Hyers.
The board found no documentation explaining why Hilltop received that much for its work, saying the mayor declined to submit an itemized list of why the work was needed.
A de Blasio spokesman said Hilltop was entitled to the money, arguing finance board’s “own rules would prohibit Hilltop from not charging for this campaign wind-down work.”
The board also found de Blasio submitted $3227.97 in expenditures that it deemed improper.
Among those was a 2010 trip to Washington for the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.