- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Campaign Finance Board is fining a political consultant group for avoiding contribution limits.

The board announced Thursday that it is fining The Advance Group $15,000. The firm owes another $10,800 to the state.

The consultant group was accused of helping a well-funded anti-horse-carriage group as well as two city council candidates in 2013.

The board said that work allowed New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets to dodge rules limiting how much it can help specific candidates.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also chided NYCLASS, an independent spender, for making “virtually no effort” to separate the campaigns.

NYCLASS bombarded the airwaves during the campaign with ads attacking former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The Advance Group says new firewalls are in place to prevent future violations.

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