Former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis was fined more than $11,000 by the city’s Campaign Finance Board April 10 for a mailer against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during the latter’s re-election campaign last year.
The CFB fined him $1,473 for not including a “paid for by” notice on a mailer attacking Ulrich during Ulrich’s re-election campaign last year.
But Catsimatidis was also fined an additional $10,000 for subsequently submitting a doctored version of the mailer that did contain such a notice.
Catsimatidis ran for mayor last year as a Republican, winning the support of Queens GOP boss Phil Ragusa, but Ulrich, a foe of Ragusa’s, endorsed the winning GOP nominee, Joe Lhota.
The mailers were sent to voters during Ulrich’s hard-fought campaign against Democrat Lew Simon. Ulrich, the only Republican holding elected office in Queens, ultimately won the race by seven points.
A spokesman for Catsimatidis said the error was the fault of a staffer and that the fine would be paid.
When contacted for comment, Ulrich said, “It speaks for itself.”