ALBANY – Anthony Weiner, whose failed 2013 bid to be New York City’s mayor preceded a personal and political freefall after sexting scandals, was hit with a $64,956 penalty Thursday for misuse of campaign funds involving two cell phones, city documents show.
The New York City Campaign Finance Board determined that Weiner violated 10 areas of campaign finance regulation.
Weiner used two cell phones for fundraising as well as for personal business, but the campaign reimbursed him for the full cost, rather than just paying for the fundraising calls, which is legal, the board stated. Weiner was also fined for having his campaign pay for some dry cleaning, which isn’t an allowed expenditure.
Weiner’s scandals most recently weighed on the presidential campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton, whose longtime confidant is Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin.
The Campaign Finance Board ruled that Weiner accepted campaign contributions that exceeded legal limits, converted campaign funds for personal use, and failed to demonstrate that some spending was for the campaign, among other violations.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after revelations of social media and telephone relationships with multiple women. They emerged after he posted a sexually explicit photo to his public Twitter account that was intended as a private message to a woman.
Abedin left Weiner after the New York Post published a photo of Weiner that the paper said was part of a flirtatious exchange with a woman in 2015.
Weiner declined comment to news organizations.