Harsher Penalties Proposed for New York Election Law Violations - State and Federal Communications

April 29, 2016  •  

Harsher Penalties Proposed for New York Election Law Violations

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State Sen. Terrence Murphy introduced a bill aiming to better prohibit unlawful campaign contributions and increase penalties for state election law violations. Senate Bill 7381 forbids any person acting on behalf of a public officer, candidate, or political committee from soliciting a contribution to a county or town committee for the benefit of the candidate when a direct contribution to the candidate or committee is unlawful.

The bill also increases the penalty for violations to a felony punishable by one to seven years of incarceration. The legislation responds to public concern following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2014 fundraising activities.

If the bill is adopted, it will become effective immediately.

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