Prosecutors will not charge in mayor probe
Federal and state prosecutors who have been conducting separate investigations into New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fundraising practices said on Thursday that they would not be bringing criminal charges against him or his aides. The mayor did not escape unscathed: The state prosecutor, the Manhattan district attorney, criticized De Blasio, saying his effort to help state Democrats appeared to violate the intent and spirit of the law. But the disclosure that no charges will be brought in either inquiry is nonetheless a notable victory for the mayor, a firstterm Democrat who has been dogged by a steady stream of media reports about the investigations, and who is now gearing up to run for re-election in November. The federal inquiry involved a broad examination of whether de Blasio or his administration or campaign aides exchanged favorable city action for donations to his 2013 campaign or his now-defunct political nonprofit. The state inquiry was more narrowly focused on whether the mayor or his aides violated state election law by directing campaign donations to county committees to evade limits on contributions to individual candidates in the mayor’s unsuccessful 2014 effort to help Democrats retake control of the state Senate.