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Subpoenas issued in investigation into alleged campaign finance violations against Mayor Warren

WHECTV
Updated: August 31, 2020 11:10 PM
Created: August 31, 2020 09:41 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC has learned Monroe County prosecutors have issued subpoenas to people they want to question in their investigation into allegations of campaign finance violations against Mayor Lovely Warren.

WXXI's Evan Dawson confirmed to News10NBC he received a subpoena to appear before a Grand Jury on Sept. 17. 

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Prosecutors are interested in comments the mayor made on his show in July of 2017. 

Dawson was told prosecutors want to make sure her comments on the program were not edited.

Back then, News10NBC reported the District Attorney's Office was looking into what happened to the money donated to two campaign-related committees during the mayor's re-election race last year.

During the campaign, the mayor's two challengers filed official complaints about the money to the state board of elections.

Now, Mayor Warren says she wants people to understand that this is coming back up right before she gets ready to run for re-election.

“I just think that this is a complaint that was done in my re-election campaign from 2017, we’re now in 2020 and this has just come to fruition,” Warren said. “Ask yourself why.  Come January I’ll be running for reelection and I believe this is a political witch hunt. I think that it's wrong and I think that people have overstepped here. And I plan on and my attorneys plan on defending me to the fullest extent of the law. I think that it is imperative that the people in this community understand what is going on here and I would hope that our media will go and do their research and look into this. We are talking about something that happened or [was] alleged to happen four years ago all of a sudden now has come to fruition right before I get ready to run for re-election. Ask yourself: Who’s running against me? And who are they tied to? Thank you.”

News10NBC heard from Joe Damelio, counsel for Friends of Lovely Warren, last Wednesday. He sent the following statement:

“Today, for the third separate time since the end of May, we received notification of leaks to the media regarding an alleged report from the State Board of Elections and the District Attorney’s office about political finance accounts associated with the Mayor's campaign. Still after three separate news stories at no time have I, the Mayor’s attorney, been contacted by the District Attorney’s office about this investigation.

Since 2017, news stories have been reported about similar alleged communications between the State Board of Elections and the District Attorney’s office. It is now 2020. We look forward to the conclusion of the DA's investigation.
The Mayor in her official capacity, and as a private person, did absolutely nothing wrong. And, when this investigation is done, it will be shown that no money is missing."

As of now, no charges have been filed against Mayor Warren.


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