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De Blasio Staff Subpoenaed in Ongoing Fundraising Probe

By  Aidan Gardiner and Jeff Mays | April 28, 2016 8:47am 

MANHATTAN — Several of Mayor Bill de Blasio's closest aides were subpoenaed as part of a growing federal and state investigation into his fundraising practices.

Investigators served papers to Emma Wolfe, the mayor's director of intergovernmental affairs, Ross Offinger, his top fundraiser, and officials at BerlinRosen, a consulting firm credited with helping secure de Blasio's mayoral victory, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

“City Hall has been subpoenaed by the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District and we are fully cooperating with the investigation. The Mayor has not been personally served," Maya Wiley, counsel to the mayor, said in a statement.

The mayor's staff reiterated that being compelled to testify doesn't mean the staffers acted inappropriately.

"We have acted appropriately and in accordance with the law at all times," Jonathan Rosen, a co-founder of BerlinRosen and a top de Blasio consultant, said in a statement.

Investigators hope to uncover documents stemming from de Blasio's unsuccessful bid to bring the state Senate under Democratic control in 2014 as well as fundraising efforts for the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit to advance the mayor's agenda.

Investigators were spurred by a report from the state Board of Elections' top enforcement officer, who was appointed by de Blasio rival Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that accuses the mayor and his team of dodging caps on contributions and disguising donor names during the 2014 Democratic campaign.