For Immediate Release:
October 2, 2013
Susan Lerner, 212-691-6421
Common Cause/NY Statement on UFT IE Spending
In response to news reports, Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY, issued the following statement:
"It appears from the expenditure report that the UFT took pains to conceal a coordinated effort with a paid consultant for several union backed candidates. This is a disturbing end run around the campaign finance laws designed to limit the influence of big dollar donors on the political process. The Campaign Finance Board should promptly investigate the UFT and the Advance Group, to quickly determine whether any violations of the independent expenditure regulations took place and hold the culpable entities accountable."
Office: Common Cause New York
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