Mayoral hopeful Donovan gets $1.5M in public campaign funds after CFB dismisses violation complaint

The city’s Campaign Finance Board (CFB) released nearly $1.5 million in matching funds to former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s mayoral campaign, a week after it upheld the funds in order to investigate possible violations.

The CFB had received a complaint about a Donovan-supporting political action committee, New Start NYC, which purchased $2.74 million in television advertising in order to promote the campaign. According to published reports, the PAC received two million-dollar contributions from Michael Donovan, Shaun’s father, the founder and chair of Mediaocean, an advertising software company.

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