Campaign Finance Board Fines Barron, Palma and Four Others
The Campaign Finance Board fined city Councilmen Charles Barron and Larry Seabrook for violating campaign finance law in the 2005 council election. Councilwoman Annabel Palma got socked with a $30,000 fine for violations in the 2003 race.
Palma, who received $93,750 in public money, accepted over-the-limit in-kind contributions from Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, the board found. She was fined $10,000 for accepting the in-kind contribution from SEIU for a get-out-the-vote campaign, $10,000 for failing to report it, and another 10 grand for misrepresenting the union involvement in her campaign.
Barron, who received $141,077 in public funding, was fined $1,250 for keeping an excess of cash and for improperly documenting his expenditures.
Seabrook, who received $71,000 of taxpayer money, was fined for $500 for trying to push through $9,782 of non-campaign related expenditures including items of lasting value, such as laser printers and custom-made office furniture, for his local political clubhouse, the Northeast Bronx Community Democratic Club.
Though Seabrook did run his campaign from that club some of the items in question, such as the furniture, were delivered the day before the election, the Campaign Finance Board found. Seabrook faced only nominal opposition in the race.