Bill de Blasio has donors who give and give

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Bill de Blasio. (Azi Paybarah,via flickr)
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Bill de Blasio was hit with a six-figure fine for putting campaign posters on public property during his 2009 race for public advocate. Now, some donors who have hit the contribution limit to de Blasio's mayoral campaign are also donating to help him retire his campaign debt from that 2009 race.

The Times quotes a campaign finance watchdog from Washington D.C. saying the practice "stinks to high heaven."

The article says the practice by the de Blasio case is unusual because the donations to the 2013 and 2009 campaigns came so close together, and some donors to his 2009 effort only started giving after that race had concluded and it was clear de Blasio would run for mayor.

Adam Martin in New York magazine writes that it's particularly interesting that de Blasio is the candidate at the center of this controversy. He's running as the progressive alternative to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and built his public profile in no small part on issues like transparency and campaign finance reform. He routinely seeks a national audience advocating for more donor transparency, and has been a particularly vocal critic of the Citizens United decision from the Supreme Court that opened the floodgates for corporate money in politics.

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