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NY IG Criticizes Release Of A Report To A Newspaper

New York's inspector general has criticized a Board of Elections spokesman for releasing an investigative report about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to a newspaper.

That report said prosecutors should open a criminal investigation, now under way, into whether a 2014 fundraising effort for Democratic state Senate candidates improperly skirted campaign finance limits by routing large contributions through county political committees. De Blasio has denied any wrongdoing, saying they followed the law and his team has been unfairly singled out for a common practice. Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said Tuesday that John Conklin, elections board director of public information, acknowledged giving the investigative documents to the New York Daily News even though they were labeled "privileged and confidential." Calls to the board and Conklin weren't immediately returned.

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