NEW YORK (AP) — City Comptroller John Liu says he is "disappointed" that the city campaign finance board has denied his mayoral campaign millions in matching funds.
Liu said the ruling was a "body blow" but would not be a knockout punch to his bid.
The board ruled earlier on Monday that Liu's campaign would not receive $3.5 million from the city.
The board said it had "substantial evidence" of wrongdoings, including straw donors. Liu himself was never accused of wrongdoing, but two of his staffers were convicted of scheming to circumvent donation limits.
The board's decision leaves Liu's campaign with far less money to spend than his Democratic primary rivals. He is currently fifth in the polls.
Liu says he'll appeal the decision.
The Democratic primary is Sept. 10.