James Molinaro was fined $3,503 for “inadequately answering questions about a loan,” his 2009 re-election campaign received during, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Board.
The loan — which was for $3,502.80 — was made by Mary Mercurio, whose ties to the Borough President were not immediately clear. The campaign’s treasurer, Anthony Mauriello, said “that is still going to be challenged. It’s been documented several times.” He declined to elaborate.
Molinaro’s campaign was also penalized for taking corporate contributions and, overall, is facing $5,623 in fines.
Also fined was Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s campaign, which took 35 contributions during his 2009 re-election campaign, which exceeded the CFB’s limit. Markowitz was fined $3,850 for those contributions, and $750 for other infractions.