Anthony Weiner Fined $64,000 for Misuse of Campaign Cash

Anthony Weiner (Photo: AP)
Anthony Weiner (Photo: AP)

Disgraced ex-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was using his campaign cash to pay for his personal phone — among a slew of other violations that got him hit with $64,956 in fines by the city Campaign Finance Board Thursday.

The board voted unanimously to penalize the sext-crazed pol’s failed 2013 campaign for ten different violations of campaign finance law.

Weiner’s campaign spent $1,539 on bills for two phones and dry cleaning that CFB found were really Weiner’s personal expenses.

The campaign said one of the phones was Weiner’s personal line, which he used for fundraising, and the other was a phone bought during his earlier mayoral bid in 2005. The board whacked him with a $2,308 fine for that, since using campaign donations for regular living expenses is not allowed.

CFB hit him with another $22,031 fine for failing to demonstrate expenses were in furtherance of his campaign, including $26,000 paid to the Esler Group, $56,210 to individuals whose duties were not properly documented, and $600 used to buy TVs.

Weiner’s 2013 mayoral campaign, after initially surging to the top of the polls, imploded after it emerged that he had sexted with women including Sydney Leathers after resigning from Congress for engaging in the same behavior with other women.

He’s now the subject of a federal investigation over exchanges with a teen girl in North Carolina. His wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, finally left him after revelations that he had sent a suggestive message to another woman that showed their young son in bed with him.

It’s unclear whether the phone he paid for with his campaign money was used in any explicit exchanges.

Weiner was also accused of accepting 21 campaign contributions over the legal limit of $4,950, accepting two contributions over the lower limit for people who have business with the city, and taking two illicit gifts from corporations.

And the campaign spent $115,268 after the election was over, including $46,169 to a consultant, spending that was judged insurmountable because proper contracts were not provided.

The campaign will also have to repay $195,377.79 in taxpayer matching funds that it did not use.

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SOURCE: ERIN DURKIN 
New York Daily News