Commission on Public Integrity Charges Three With Violating State Lobbying Laws

Commission on Public Integrity Charges Three With Violating State Lobbying Laws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2009
CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                    518-474-4418

ALBANY — The State Commission on Public Integrity today announced that it has charged three lobbyists with violating the lobbying law in regard with their filings with the Commission. The allegations arise from audits of documents filed with the Commission.

Bill Lynch & Associates, LLC allegedly failed to file an Amended Statement of Registration indicating that its client, Trustees of Columbia University of New York City, had increased its compensation by almost $400,000.

Bolton St. Johns Inc. allegedly failed to file an accurate Statement of Registration reporting compensation from its client, Medtronic Sofamor Danek, USA, Inc.

Sheinkopf Ltd. is charged with failing to file a Client Semi-Annual report disclosing compensation associated with lobbying services provided by lobbyist Norman Levy.

Pursuant to Executive Law §94(12)(b), a Notice of Reasonable Cause alleges a violation of the law, but is not a finding that the alleged violation occurred.

Individuals who violate the lobbying law are subject to various civil penalties of up to $50,000 or more, depending on which section of the law was violated.

Copies of the Notices of Reasonable Cause are available on-line at http://www.nyintegrity.org/enforcement/norc.html