Newark mayor accused of campaign finance violations
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Newark has been accused by state officials of violating campaign finance rules in the expensive and closely contested 2014 race.
A 28-count complaint filed by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission accuses Democratic Mayor Ras Baraka of failing to report about $160,000 in donations and reporting incomplete or incorrect information related to another $155,000.
Amiri Baraka Jr., the mayor’s brother and campaign manager, tells NJ.com that campaign staff are reviewing the accusations with lawyers and working with a compliance consulting firm.
Other accusations include excessive contributions worth about $16,000, missing information on expenses and late reports.
Baraka defeated fellow Democrat Shavar Jeffries in the nonpartisan race.
Amiri Baraka says his brother, who announced a re-election campaign in June, “holds his campaign to the highest standards.”