Uber Settles with NY Ethics Commission to Pay $98K
On Thursday, June 8, it was announced that app cab company Uber agreed to pay $98,000 to settle with the state ethics commission for underreporting approximately $6.3 million in lobbying spending.
According to the settlement, the hefty fine covers the activities of the company during 2015 and 2016; when Uber won the battle against Mayor d Blasio’s push to limit the company’s New York City operations, and the following year during which it expanded beyond city limits.
The Daily News reports, “The fine is the latest bad news for the popular ride-sharing company that recently admitted it shortchanged its New York City drivers tens of millions of dollars and also fi ed 20 employees after claims of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. The fine was also announced as Uber and fellow ride-sharing company Lyft are gearing up to for an expansion to areas outside New York City after receiving authorization from the state Legislature earlier this year.”
A fi m that Uber employed to handle its fili gs to the state, was responsible for the oversight that accounts for the majority of the underreported amounts, according to the settlement. Th information provided by Uber was mostly correct, but was not included in the fili g. The remainder of the underreporting was due to errors committed by Uber, the settlement adds.
Uber spokeswoman Alix Anfang said, "We updated our reports because there were unintentional omissions from our initial disclosures. Uber NY has revised its processes and no longer uses the third party fili g fi m who prepared these disclosure statements."
In a statement by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics announcing the settlement, clients and lobbyists are reminded “of the importance of establishing and maintaining strong internal controls in order to ensure compliance with the Lobbying Act's reporting requirements.”
Uber has had a rocky few years as its popularity boomed in New York City.
The taxi app company Uber has agreed to pay $98,000 for underreported lobbying spending.