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DiNapoli to donors: attest that your money is clean

ALBANY -- State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is having a fundraiser this week on Long Island for his 2014 re-election campaign account. You can be an "entry level'' donor for $100 or, at the top, get the title of "philanthropist'' for dropping $2,500 on the comptroller's campaign.

All that's the usual Albany money donor game, but what is a bit interesting -- OK, you have to be really into this stuff -- is the level of detail DiNapoli provides as a disclaimer to avoid taking bad, as in illegal, checks from donors. Let's just say it is a tad more information than provided by many politicians to would-be donors.

Here is how the DiNapoli 2014 committee ends its solicitation for the April 11 event:

Contributor’s Confirmation – DiNapoli 2014 does not accept contributions from: (1) any person employed by the Office of State Comptroller; or (2) any person or entity who responds to a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for legal business on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (the “Fund”) (this restriction applies from the date the RFP is issued until the contractor is selected, and continues for the person or entity selected for such contract with the Fund through the ninetieth day after such contract goes into effect). I hereby confirm that this contribution was made from the contributor’s own funds, is not being reimbursed in any manner, and is not in either of the two prohibited categories (1) and (2) listed above.

Signature Required__________________________________

Print Name______________________________________

Contributions to DiNapoli 2014 are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. The maximum permissible contribution is $60,800. Partnerships that make contributions exceeding $2,500 will be required to specifically identify the partners responsible for the contribution, and that amount will be counted against each partner’s individual contribution limit. Total contributions from a corporation may not exceed $5,000 per calendar year to all New York state and local political committees. Corporations, other entities and individuals are strictly prohibited from reimbursing another person or entity for making a contribution. All contributors must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens (green card holder). Pursuant to SEC Rule 206(4)-5, contributions by investment advisors and covered associates are regulated; the Rule should be consulted.


--Tom Precious

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