Allies of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have received subpoenas as part of investigations into his fundraising activities, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Those who received subpoenas include Emma Wolfe, the mayor’s director of intergovernmental affairs and his chief political aide; Ross Offinger, from his fundraising team; and BerlinRosen, a consulting firm that works on the mayor’s political campaigns and was founded by Jonathan Rosen, an adviser to de Blasio.
A spokesman for the mayor wouldn’t say if he received a subpoena as well.
The subpoenas are part of coordinated federal and state investigations into the mayor’s fundraising in 2014.
Last week, the New York Daily News reported the state’s head investigator for the board of elections determined the mayor’s fundraising violations were “willful and flagrant.”
“I have determined that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place,” Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Rise Sugarman wrote in a memo to the board’s commissioners in January.
The board referred the criminal investigation to the Manhattan Defense Attorney’s office but is now part of a larger probe by the district attorney and Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office.
In the memo, Sugarman discussed what might have been coordinated efforts between de Blasio and his allies to circumvent legal campaign donation limits.
Sugarman said there is evidence that de Blasio's team intentionally solicited donations much higher than allowed by campaign law for three candidates in upstate races.