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New York: $136,000 in undisclosed contributions

Newsday reports: Pressured by a grand jury subpoena for his campaign finance records, North Hempstead Town Councilman Thomas Dwyer offered a mea culpa: More than $136,000 in campaign contributions he raised in the past two years were never disclosed to the county Board of Elections as required by state law.

According to records submitted to the board Sept. 1, Dwyer, who campaigned for the town council and also conducted an exploratory campaign fundraiser for the State Senate in 2005, raised $136,383 from September 2004 to January 2006. ...

State law mandates candidates for political office file disclosure statements on Jan. 15 and July 15. The law, which requires a candidate to establish a committee once he or she raises $1,000, calls for a $500 penalty plus interest for each period the candidate fails to disclose, said state Board of Elections spokesman Lee Daghlian. Dwyer, who established two unreported accounts, missed four filing periods for each. -- Councilman admits undisclosed funds - Newsday.com

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