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Large donations to campaigns are prohibited, but when there is a nonprofit fund to support it, the donations can be much larger; for example, De Blasio's fund recently raised $1.5m.

"It certainly pays to be mayor. Mayor de Blasio raised a whopping $1.5 million over the past six months for his political nonprofit, which includes hefty donations from rich donors who have business before City Hall." --Jennifer Fermino, the New York Daily News

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