ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ethics board is settling a case for $20,000 with a major public relations and lobbying firm that first reported its problems to the board.
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics says the settlement is based on inaccurate and incomplete filings by a former employee of Mercury Public Affairs in 2011 and 2012. The board says the company has since fixed all of the past errors made by the former employee.
The board requires firms that lobby to file several reports that identify lobbyists, spending and areas in which they are trying to influence state action.
Mercury Public Affairs declined comment.