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Report: Suffolk Police Union Skirted Campaign Finance Laws

Suffolk County police
Elvert Barnes

Suffolk County’s police union spent millions of dollars on political donations that skirted campaign finance laws and contradicted their tax statements, according to Newsday.

New York election law requires incorporated unions limit donations to $5,000. The Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association routinely gives tens of thousands of dollars. Other unions also donate equivalent amounts of money, however some are not incorporated.

Both New York election officials and Suffolk’s PBA declined to comment for Newsday’s story.

Last November, police unions in New York spent a million dollars to fund campaigns against Democrats who pushed police reforms through the legislature. Wealthy Republicans added another $5 million to take down those same Democrats, most of which survived re-election.