Niagara Gazette — Little spokesman Dan MacEntee said the Republican senator is not opposed to stronger enforcement and penalties for violations of campaign finance laws, though she's against forcing taxpayers to help fund campaigns. He said the smokehouse gifts were sent to constituents probably including county party chairmen.
Ball recently proposed legislation for term limits, nonpartisan elections and full public disclosure of campaign finances, including candidates' outside income and personal assets, spokesman Joe Bachmeier said. The Hudson Valley Republican, identified in the NYPIRG report as having a record 995 itemized campaign expenses to payees with incomplete addresses, will provide all the necessary information, the spokesman said.
Bigger recent campaign expenses reported included Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos in 2011 spending $52,351 for a fundraiser at the Woodmere Club on Long Island and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver spending $35,000 of campaign funds in December for the law firm Stroock, Stroock & Lavan and $30,000 for political strategy firm Berlin Rosen.