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ALBANY (TNS) — State Senate Republicans’ campaign arm has struck a $200,000 settlement to close an inquiry into the party’s alleged abuse of its campaign “housekeeping” account, a sanction that could temper how soft money funds are spent by New York’s political parties.

State Board of Elections enforcement counsel Michael L. Johnson charged that Senate Republicans abused their housekeeping account in the lead-up to the 2016 election by issuing a series of campaign-style mailers that allegedly crossed a line into expressly seeking election of GOP candidates. While potential fines and penalties could have totaled more than $2 million, according to Johnson’s statement in the settlement, he signed off on the $200,000 agreement last Friday.

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