A Bronx lawyer has filed a complaint against Guardian Angels founder and Republican Mayor Wanabe Curtis Sliwa, alleging that he is violating campaign laws by promoting his candidacy on his WABC talk radio show.
77 The amount of promotion from WABC Radio to an illegal “in-kind” donation, owned by the Red Apple Media Company of the business Mogul John Catsimatidis, said in a complaint filed by attorney Nicholas Marricus with the city campaign finance board.
“I am bringing to the notice of the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) attention to possible violations of the Charter, Act, or Rules. In particular, mayor candidate Curtis A. Sliwa has expanded political activity through the station for his podcasts and radio shows, openly discussing his run for mayor and actively promoting his campaign Is discussed for, ”said Matric.
Such activity is illegal because the radio station is supporting Saliva’s candidacy by violating the limit of “in-kind” donations by a corporation to a candidate, the complaint states.
“As an employee of AM-WABC, Mr. Sliwa and his campaign are receiving ‘in-kind’ donations to promote Mr. Sliwa’s candidacy and the CFB is not even informed of it,” said Marico.
Silva registered as mayor candidate on February 17 and is seeking an 8-to-1 public matching fund regulated by the CFB. The maximum donation a candidate can receive from anyone is $ 2,000.
The CFB told Marricco that it was reviewing its complaint.
Election counsel associated with mayoral campaigns did not say that Salwa’s dual role is a legal problem because a radio company cannot offer preferential airtime to a candidate.
“This is an unfair contribution from a corporation,” said veteran campaign counsel, who requested alimony.
Saliva told The Post on Thursday night that he may have to leave his radio show – but not until his name is officially revealed on the ballot, which is due by the end of April for the June 22 GOP primary Will not done. The petition starts next month to qualify for voting status for the voters’ signature.
“If I get the signature to enter on the ballot, it becomes an issue. I may have to withdraw from the radio show.
He said he discusses legal issues with WABC officials, including owner Catsimatidis.
Sliwa also admitted that he occasionally discusses his mayoral bid on his radio show, which runs until 3 p.m.
The head of the Guardian Angels is expected to face off in the GOP primary against taxi-bodega industries advocate Fernando Mateo, financier Sarah Turshwell, and retired city policeman Bill Pepitone.
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Republican Party Executive Committee endorsed Sliwa for mayor on Thursday night. He garnered 35 out of 46 votes.
The Staten Island GOP also supports Sliwa, while Bronx and Queens Republican county committees have supported Mateo.
More than 40 candidates are running to replace Term-Limited Mayor de Blasio.
Top contenders for the Democratic Party include city Comptroller Scott Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, former de Blasio chief legal counsel Maya Willey, former City Sanitation Commissioner Catherine Garcia, former federal housing secretary and President Obama’s budget director Sean is included. Donovan, former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire, former city veteran affairs director Lore Sutton and not-for-profit social services director Diana Morales.