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Upper East Side Alison Strikes Again

Esposito changed her voting registration to New York’s 18th Congressional District only one week before launching her campaign

MAGA extremist Alison Esposito was recently caught red-handed for using campaign funds to pay for a parking spot near her Upper East Side apartment – a potential violation of Federal Election Commission rules.

Newly revealed records show that the 2022 campaign for Esposito’s far-right former running mate, Lee Zeldin, paid for the Upper East Side parking spot even months after losing the election – adding to the growing list of potential campaign finance rule violations.

DCCC Spokesperson Ellie Dougherty:
“It was only a matter of time before being a Manhattan resident presented challenges for Upper East Side Alison’s Hudson Valley congressional campaign.”

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  • Hudson Valley congressional candidate Alison Esposito is going to pay for her own parking in Manhattan after Playbook flagged some potentially illegal campaign payments.

  • The Republican’s campaign recorded two $529 monthly payments this year to the Icon Parking garage near her Upper East Side apartment.

  • That would seem to violate Federal Election Commission rules prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds.

  • “The campaign card was mistakenly charged,” Esposito campaign manager Ben Weiner said in a statement to Playbook. “As soon as we became aware, the situation was immediately rectified, and the charges were reversed.”

  • Esposito only registered to vote in NY-18 last year, and while her campaign said she was born and raised in Orange County and has long had a second home there, her Democratic opponent has tagged her as a Manhattanite.

  • “The FEC is going to have a field day with Upper East Side Alison,” a spokesperson for Rep. Pat Ryan’s campaign said in a statement. “We can all agree that welcoming NYC tourists to the Hudson Valley is great for our economy, but they shouldn’t be running to represent us in Congress; and they sure as hell shouldn’t be expensing $529 a month for their NYC parking spot.”

  • Esposito’s campaign committee for her 2022 lieutenant governor run also made four similar payments to the Upper East Side garage.


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