Weiner fined $65,000 for cam­paign vi­o­la­tions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

The penal­ties stem from when the dis­graced for­mer con­gress­man race for mayor in 2013.

The New York City Cam­paign Fi­nance Board has fined for­mer U.S. Rep. An­thony Weiner nearly $65,000 for vi­o­lat­ing elec­tion spend­ing rules dur­ing his failed 2013 bid for mayor.

Some of the penal­ties, ap­proved by the board Thurs­day, were for us­ing cam­paign funds to pay for reg­u­lar liv­ing ex­penses, in­clud­ing dry clean­ing and per­sonal cell­phone ser­vice. Other fines cov­ered ex­penses that the board said were never prop­erly jus­ti­fied as be­ing re­lated to the elec­tion, in­clud­ing pay­ments to a con­sul­tant after the race had ended.

Weiner’s cam­paign de­railed amid a sex­ting scan­dal. He re­signed from Congress two years earlier for sim­i­lar be­hav­ior.

He didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment.

Weiner’s wife, Huma Abe­din, an aide to 2016 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton, left him after he was again caught send­ing racy mes­sages last sum­mer.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate Weiner’s sex­ting habits. The FBI and the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice launched the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Septem­ber after a 15-year-old girl told Dai­lyMail.com he had sent her sex­u­ally ex­plicit text and video mes­sages.

Weiner ac­knowl­edged com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the teen, but sug­gested her claims of X-rated ex­changes were a hoax. Since then, his lawyers have de­clined to dis­cuss the case or com­ment on re­ports that he had checked into a sex ad­dic­tion rehab pro­gram.

The Cam­paign Fi­nance Board also or­dered Weiner’s cam­paign to re­turn $195,000 left in his cam­paign ac­count. That is con­sid­ered pub­lic money be­cause he had par­tic­i­pated in a pub­lic fi­nanc­ing pro­gram dur­ing his run for mayor.

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