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100,000 campaign finance violations since 2011, cites group

ALBANY -- Gassing up twice a week in New Jersey? Hiring Turdo the magician? Buying smoked meats for Christmas presents?
A review by The Associated Press shows that's all part of the questionable use of campaign donations that can buoy lawmakers' lifestyles and buy support back home.
Now the New York Public Interest Research Group reports more than 100,000 actual violations of state campaign finance laws since 2011, including campaign committee failures to file accurate reports, or any reports at all.
Joined by other good government advocacy groups that lay the blame on lack of enforcement, NYPIRG plans to present highlights of its findings Tuesday.
Other items marginally related to campaigns, and currently regarded as legal, range from paying for gifts and entertainment and to hire lawyers when charged with corruption.

   AP-WF-05-07-13 0709GMT

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