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Weiner to comply with financial disclosure calls

Anthony Weiner walks to the subway from his

Anthony Weiner walks to the subway from his Park Avenue South home. (May 17, 2013) Credit: Craig Ruttle

Anthony Weiner said Friday, following reports about his wife's consulting work, that he would comply with disclosure requirements on her finances as required by law if he runs for mayor. The law, however, would not require revealing who her clients were and what she was paid.

He ought to reveal that anyway, said Dick Dadey, executive director of the good-government group Citizens Union.

Weiner -- who resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a sexting scandal -- "has a different burden to prove, and regain the public's trust," Dadey said. "Given his past missteps he cannot afford to shield himself from any public scrutiny."

Huma Abedin left her staff job for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year but was allowed to keep working for Clinton while simultaneously getting paid for private, outside consulting work, according to a State Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The arrangement was first reported by the website Politico.

In a brief interview Friday, Weiner was asked if he was ready to comply with disclosure rules and said, "Yes, of course, as I have in the past."

Asked for the client list, Weiner Friday referred inquiries to Abedin, who couldn't be reached for comment. She is now Hillary Clinton's transition director.

Politico said Abedin worked for the nonprofit William Jefferson Clinton Foundation and Teneo, a private concern, among other clients. The time period -- from June 2012 to this February -- would likely be excluded from city finance law requirements for spousal financial disclosure. The law also requires few details, he said.

Nearly all of Weiner's would-be rivals -- many with spouses pursuing careers -- didn't respond or declined to answer questions on whether there should be fuller such disclosures by Weiner, and by all candidates. An exception, Democratic former Councilman Sal Albanese, said, "This isn't the first time that Tony hasn't been up front with New Yorkers."

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