Campaigns Resist Returning Public Funds

Three campaigns from the 2005 election–including that of then-Manhattan borough president candidate Margarita Lopez, who now works for Michael Bloomberg–are fighting the obligation to return unspent public campaign funds.

From the Campaign Finance Board’s public statement:

Viviana Vasquez-Hernandez, a City Council candidate, challenged the obligation to repay $10,165 in unspent public funds. The Board denied the petition.

Margarita Lopez, a candidate for Manhattan borough president, challenged the obligation to repay $71,871 in unspent public funds. The Board denied the petition.

C. Virginia Fields, a candidate for mayor, challenged the obligation to repay $337,340. The Board denied the petition but reduced the repayment obligation to $330,420.