Corporations Donating More than $5,000 in 2012
The Board’s database shows that 278 corporations gave over the legal $5,000 aggregate contribution
limit in 2012.
Some of these apparent violations are explicit. The five companies listed below gave between three andtwelve times their aggregate annual limits in single checks. It seems clear they are each corporations
and do not simply appear as such due to filer error: searches on the Department of State’s w
identify the first four as such, and the fifth is given the suffix “INC.”These are the apparent violations of law that should prompt an immediate response from the state’s
enforcement entity. Sadly, they are likely to produce silence.Filer NameType of Transaction Date Amount Corporate DonorREAL ESTATE BOARD PACB-Corporate 17-Oct-12 $59,000.00PLANNED DEVLOP MGMTCORPSUFFOLK COUNTYCONSERVATIVECHAIRMAN'S CLUBB-Corporate 22-Oct-12 $50,000.00 KOCH IND INCFRIENDS OF EDMANGANOB-Corporate 21-Dec-12 $25,000.00 BOLLA MANAGEMENTFRIENDS OF WILLIAMNAUGHTONB-Corporate 18-Sep-12 $18,300.00 KINGS PARK IND INCASSOCIATION OFINDEPENDENTCOMMERCIALPRODUCERS, INC. PACB-Corporate 09-Feb-12 $17,500.00 CAPS UNIVERSAL INC.
Failure to Report Addresses
Election law clearly requires that all contributions over $99 and all expenditures of $50 or more must bereported to the Board of Elections. Campaign treasurers need to report information such as the donor
or payee’s name and address. T
he need for this disclosure is obvious. Without the inclusion of addresses, it is often impossible to tell who is funding a political campaign and might be seeking toinfluence a politician.
This number is likely not exact: many candidates incorrectly list donations from LLCs or PACs as
corporations, meaning some of these are due to treasurers failing to obey the Board’s regulations; and
many corporations are reported with a variety of spellings, masking donations they may have givenabove the legal limit. Past investigations by NYPIRG show that these two factors generally balance out.
The Board’s complete disregard for three complaints filed in recent years makes it pointless to perform
a thorough investigation.