From the NY Post:
Comptroller John Liu’s plan to turn a Chinatown holiday bash into a campaign fund-raiser has been nixed over legal questions.
The scandal-snared Liu, whose aggressive fund- raising has been under scrutiny for months, had planned to solicit donations at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s annual holiday party.
But after The Post reported last week that the party could violate campaign-finance as well as IRS nonprofit regulations, he changed his mind.
Jack Eng, president of the 130-year-old CCBA, said it had been unaware of the regulations when it agreed to allow Liu to set up a table to collect contributions.
“Now we understand we can’t do it,” Eng said.
The federal tax code prohibits tax-exempt groups from advocating for political candidates or making their facilities available without charging a fair market price.
Liu’s campaign was not going to be charged a fee for the table.