POLITICS

Group Allied With Bill De Blasio Draws Interest From Ethics Commission

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12:  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about the release of a new report authored by Nobel-prize
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks about the release of a new report authored by Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz published by the Roosevelt Institute May 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. The report, titled 'New Economic Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity', discusses the current distribution of wealth in the U.S. and offers proposals for modifying that distribution. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A political group run by close allies of Mayor Bill de Blasio has attracted the interest of a New York State ethics panel, which is concerned that the group could be violating lobbying rules, according to two people familiar with the inquiry.

Representatives from the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics have contacted the group in recent weeks to ask why it has not yet registered as a lobbyist, in possible violation of rules requiring it to do so if it plans on influencing the outcome of pending legislation.

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