Newark mayor accused of campaign finance violations

November 2, 2017

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.”

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