From the Daily News:
Certified by the Campaign Finance Board: Brooklyn Councilman Lew Fidler ripped off the taxpayers to the tune of $88,550.
Rolling in private donations in a Democratic district, Fidler in 2009 faced a Republican running on less than a shoestring.
No matter. He insisted he was up against a mighty foe and demanded the full $88,550 in funds rather than the quarter of that which the board normally gives in lopsided races. He scored 82% of the vote.
Now the board is being refunded money by Fidler, but under the law it can recoup only what he failed to spend - a grand total of $8,760. That's a shame, because Fidler fleeced taxpayers for every penny of that $88,550.