Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transition team will return a $1,100 contribution it mistakenly accepted from its top money bundler, whose company does millions of dollars worth of business with the city, an administration spokesman said.
According to city Campaign Finance Board rules, transitions are barred from accepting money from people who are currently lobbying or who have open contracts with the city to limit the influence they wield on an incoming administration. Those people are still allowed to bundle, however.
“To reduce the possibility or perception that large campaign contributions can influence decisions about City business, candidates for office have strict limits on the contributions they may accept from people doing business with City government. After candidates have been elected to office, they are prohibited from accepting ‘doing business’ contributions for their transition or inauguration for the very same reason,” a spokesman for the board explained.