Vance's investigation was triggered by the Board of Elections' referral questioning whether de Blasio or his campaign team broke the law when funneling donations to Democrats in a failed bid to flip control of the State Senate from the GOP - and enhance de Blasio's influence - in 2014.
Ultimately, though, Vance said that the group sought advice from an election-law attorney who had served as de Blasio's campaign counsel during his 2013 race, and that the group remained in regular contact with the attorney to make sure its actions remained legal.
"No one interfered in any way", said de Blasio, who told reporters his comments Thursday would be the final time he discussed the investigations.
State and federal probes of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges for the mayor or others acting on his behalf, prosecutors said Thursday.
On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show on Thursday, soon after the announcement, according to the New York Times, de Blasio said, "I'll just say simply it's been basically a year, I've said consistently that we acted appropriately". "Indeed, the transactions appear contrary to the letter and the spirit" of campaign finance law.
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New York City mayoral elections are scheduled for November 7. "This confirms what I've been saying and what all my colleagues have been saying". He also said the relevant election law statutes were ambiguous, making enforcement a challenge, and made three recommendations to the BOE and the state Legislature to prevent similar misconduct in the future.
On Thursday, acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced charges wouldn't be brought after a "thorough investigation".
State election law prohibits unauthorized committees and their staff from working on behalf of political candidates or paying campaign bills, as well as limiting state Senate contributions to $10,300 in the general election. De Blasio was interviewed by both offices, most recently by federal prosecutors for four hours on February 24. He noted the length of the investigation, which took more than a year. Vance's office separately examined whether de Blasio steered campaign contributions to county committees in order to sidestep NY state campaign finance limits. Aides cajoled funds from businesses with issues before the city and directed them to obscure county committees as a way to get around strict limits on individual donations.
"It's extraordinary how many negative things can be packed into one budget", de Blasio said.