The Times reports that investigators are looking into Mayor Bloomberg’s $750,000 payment to a political party fund.
In general, individuals may contribute as much money as they want to the housekeeping funds of state political parties, said a spokesman for the State Board of Elections. Money from the fund can be used for in-house expenses like office supplies and rent, and for general activities to support the party’s candidates, said the spokesman, John W. Conklin. The activities can include things like paying poll monitors or get-out-the-vote workers, Mr. Conklin said.
Parties may not, however, use the housekeeping money to support individual candidates by contributing to a candidate’s campaign fund or providing campaign literature, for example.