have bank accounts totaling tens of thousands of dollars or more; it isunlikely that each of them truly have not received as much as a dime in interest or paid a dollar in bankfees over the course of several years. Further, since the Board never appears to conduct audits of filers,it is impossible to know if any of these candidates and/or their treasurers simply pocketed theremainder of their funds after losing an election.The two charts below make clear that the Board drops the ball even when it comes to the oneenforcement action they purportedly engage in. Much of the blame is likely due to
inherently partisan structure, while some surely can be laid on the lack of funding they have received inrecent budget cycles. That said, we can find no record of the Board asking for additional resources orauthority for enforcement or auditing. In either case, these lists make it even clearer than before that
removing enforcement and administration of the campaign finance law from the Board’s partisan grip is
an absolutely critical component of any potential reform packages.
Notable committees that have not recently filed any reports
The following charts focus on candidates and party committees, but include a few notable PACs.
All of these committees have been checked at least twice since Monday, August 13
. It is possiblethat some have filed in the last few days and their appearance on this chart is dated. Nevertheless,
each of these filers’ July reports
is over a month late.
Some of these committees may have transferred money to other committees controlled by the sameindividuals, though a quick look shows that none of these transactions have been made recently. Even if they did, however, this does not allow them to simply avoid filing for their former committees.Former Senator Pedro Espada has more committees on this list than any other candidate. Two of hiscampaign committees and two PACs have a total of $378,499.68 in the bank, none of which have filed inthe past two years.
Committee Name LinkLast Known $ OnHandLast Time ReportingTransactionsLast Time Filinga No-Activity-ReportFRIENDS OF STEVE LEVY
$4,012,403.71 2011 July None FiledFRIENDS OF PETE MC GOWANLink
$1,127,007.38 2006 January None FiledNEW YORKERS FOR ESPADALink
$290,556.24 2010 11 Pre Primary None FiledRECALL BALLLink
$200,000.00 2008 July None Filedclear that any candidate committee who has raised or spent over $1,000 during the course of any campaign for
which they were originally created can only file these reports if “there has not
been any activity (
and/or expenditures, including interest, dividends, and bank charges) during the reporting period.”
Steve Levy surrendered the remainder of his war chest to the Suffolk County DA’s office. He is, however, still
required to file under election law.