It sounds like a "Seinfeld" episode: Kramer runs for mayor, then runs afoul of campaign-finance laws and winds up in court as his own lawyer. But this mix of law and laughs is...
NEW YORK — It sounds like a “Seinfeld” episode: Kramer runs for mayor, then runs afoul of campaign-finance laws and winds up in court as his own lawyer.
But this mix of law and laughs is no Larry David script. Instead, David’s one-time neighbor Kenny Kramer — the real-life inspiration for the quirky “Seinfeld” character — has a Jan. 5 court date with the city Campaign Finance Board.
“This is an agency run amok,” Kramer complained yesterday. “They use their weight like a 500-pound gorilla.”
The spat dates back three years, when Kramer mounted a campaign for City Hall as the Libertarian Party candidate. He supported the legalization of drugs and gay marriage. Only 1,408 New Yorkers cast their votes for the K-Man as Michael Bloomberg swept into office.
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“My whole campaign committee collected $7,000 total,” Kramer said. “Because my campaign took in so little money and spent so little money, I thought it was not necessary for me to file.”
Nevertheless, Kramer did file financial-disclosure forms; he just filed them late — 49 days late in one case, according to the board.
The bottom line: Kramer owed $2,193 in fines. Giddyap!
The Campaign Finance Board was closed yesterday for the holiday but made its position clear in a letter to Kramer: “If the board is not in receipt of the full $2,193 … the board may initiate a civil action to compel payment.”
Kramer plans to fight the fine and will represent himself at the hearing, a decision motivated mostly by money.
“My lawyer’s retainer was $2,500,” he said. “That’s more than the fine.”