Ex-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner continues his precipitous fall from grace; this time, he's been slapped with $64,956 in fines by the city Campaign Finance Board Thursday for misusing campaign funds over the past decade.
The board unanimously voted to fine his campaign for ten violations of campaign law, including accepting contributions from corporations and making impermissible post-election expenditures.
Weiner's campaign spent $1,539 on dry cleaning and bills for two cellphones. The campaign said one of the phones was a personal line used for fundraising in 2013 and the other was acquired during his 2005 mayoral campaign.
He received a $2,308 fine for these violations since converting campaign funds to personal use is prohibited.
He was fined another $22,031 for spending $600 on TVs and over $56,000 on improperly documented labor.
The former congressman's campaign spent $115,268 post-election, including $46,169 to a consultant. The CFB found that the expense was impermissible because the campaign didn't provide documentation for the individuals they paid.
Weiner allegedly accepted 21 over-the-limit contributions in excess of the allowable limit of $4,950, as well as two illegitimate gifts from corporations.
The campaign will have to repay $196,377 in unused taxpayer matching funds. A source close to the 2013 Weiner campaign said the amount is money left in his account; by law, it will be returned to taxpayers.