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December 19, 2016

NYC Council bans large donations to elected officials' nonprofits

December 15, 2016, 10:21 AM EST December 15, 2016, 4:09 PM EST        FULL ARTICLE

The New York City Council banned anyone doing business with the city from making large donations to nonprofit groups created by elected officials to promote their policies -- an implicit rebuke of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The 51-member council, with three absentees, unanimously approved the legislation on Thursday to end the practice used by the mayor, which led to a federal investigation. De Blasio, a Democrat who faces re-election next year, has said he did nothing wrong and was acting legally after receiving advice from the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board. He has also said he intends to shut down his nonprofit.

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