Diana Richardson: Show Me The Money!


Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (D-Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Lefferts Gardens, Wingate), who has had at least two fundraisers this year, has blown through two state campaign finance deadlines this year, according to state Board of Elections records.

Assembly Member Diana Richardson

According to a spokesperson with the NYS BOE, they do not have any “record to indicate filings for 2018.” Campaign filings with the BOE were due in January and earlier this month, and Richardson has yet to file.  

Richardson had a re-election Wakanda themed kick-off fundraising event on June 16, and a fundraiser earlier this month.

As of press time, Richardson’s filings show she has two active accounts under ‘Richardson for Assembly 2017’ and ‘Richardson for New York 2017’ but one account under her name shows as “terminated,” a term used to indicate that financial filings under that account were closed and moved.

The account shows to have been closed on April 3, 2018, just three months before the most recent filing date.

Sources say that Richardson can be fined at minimum for not filing campaign fundraising figures on deadline.

Richardson was first elected in 2015 with a little more than 50 percent of the total votes for the 43rd Assembly District with strong support from the Working Families Party, in their first statewide win.

Richardson is currently facing a nominal challenge from newcomer John Grant, who looks to unseat the controversial Assemblywoman. In recent weeks, Richardson has been at odds with former ally, State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) over his alliances with the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC).

Richardson recently endorsed Zellnor Myrie, Hamilton’s opponent in the Democratic party for State Senate District 22.

When reached to explain her lack of fundraising filings, Richardson hung up the phone on KCP.