De Blasio’s Nonprofit Cleared But Gets Sharp Rap

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City’s Campaign Finance Board ruled Wednesday that a nonprofit linked to Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t violate campaign-finance laws but it raised serious policy and perception issues.

The board said there was no evidence Campaign for One New York’s spending was used for de Blasio’s re-election bid next year. Board Chairwoman Rose Gill Hearn said the board would continue to monitor the situation and called on the City Council to pass stricter limits on such nonprofits.

A spokesman for de Blasio’s re-election says the group “never engaged in any election campaign activity … and shut down more than a year and a half before next year’s election.”