From the NY Post:
Even if he makes it past the widely publicized federal investigation of his campaign finances, Comptroller John Liu is in for a rough ride if he intends to stay in elective office.
Sources say the Campaign Finance Board isn’t likely to hand over public matching funds for his next run without a fight.
“They’ll move heaven and earth not to pay him,” said one source with insight into how the CFB operates.
Liu raised more than $2 million for what was to be the race to succeed Mayor Bloomberg, and had $1.6 million left as of mid-January.
With his campaign treasurer and one of his contributors facing federal charges of trying to scam the matching-funds system, most political observers are betting Liu will abandon the mayoral contest and try to hold on to the job he’s got.
Despite all his problems, he’d be a formidable candidate for re-election if the feds don’t nail anyone else.
The embattled comptroller shouldn’t anticipate any further help from the city’s generous matching program, where a hefty 6-to-1 return is made available for every personal contribution up to $175.