NY DA: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has opened a probe into a donation allegedly made to Democratic candidate for governor Anthony Weiner’s campaign, the Associated Press reported.
The announcement comes after the Democrat’s campaign chairman, Josh Shapiro, acknowledged to the AP that he had made a contribution to Weiner’s 2016 campaign and was cooperating with the investigation.
Schneiderman’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Weiner’s campaign said he had no knowledge of the donation.
The disclosure comes after a New York Times report revealed Weiner made an undisclosed contribution to Shapiro in July.
The New York Daily News reported in August that Shapiro made a donation of $1,000 to Weiner in July 2016.
The donation was made before the New York City Democratic primary.
Shapiro said in a statement that he made the donation after being contacted by a woman seeking to donate money for Weiner’s upcoming campaign, which was at the time a “new and very dangerous” race.
“I had never heard of Anthony Weiner before the woman contacted me, but I was shocked when she told me that she had already given a donation and wanted to help,” he said.
“I immediately contacted my campaign finance chairman to make sure this did not violate any state laws.
He advised me to keep my mouth shut.
I complied with that advice and did nothing wrong.”
A lawyer for Weiner said he would donate the $1.5 million donation to a charity of Shapiro’s choice.
Weiner’s office did not respond to the Associated News’ request for further comment.
A spokesman for Shapiro said the Democrat would cooperate with the attorney general’s office.
Schindler, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan, is the chairman of the New Jersey State Assembly Judiciary Committee, the New England branch of the state Legislature.
He also serves on the Judiciary Committee for New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, the Republican presidential candidate.