Prose­cu­tors will not charge in mayor probe

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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.

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