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Mayor Bill de Blasio says fundraising probes will not hurt his re-election campaign

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Dave Evans reports on Mayor de Blasio's response to investigations into his political fund-raising.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the investigations into his political fundraising will not hurt his re-election campaign.

He also blasted the State Ethics Commission, claiming it is overstepping its authority by continuing to investigate.

On Tuesday, good government groups denounced Mayor de Blasio for his decision to fight the state's ethical watchdog commission.

The mayor has promised he and his administration will cooperate with all investigations. However, he says this ethics commission is engaged in a political witch hunt.

The mayor Tuesday, after he signed eight different bills, unleashed on the commission, known as JCOPE, calling that group way out of line to investigate him.

"And we've seen these games before and we're not going to stand for it," said the mayor.

De Blasio and his lawyers see JCOPE as too closely tied to the governor. In a letter, the mayor's lawyer last week wrote of "Serious doubt on the good faith of JCOPE in initiating and conducting this investigation. And we look forward to the speedy conclusion of any and all investigations but when an entity goes beyond its legal purview possibly for the wrong motivation there's a point where you say enough is enough."

The mayor is being investigated already by federal and state prosecutors for:

--Steering money to try to get Democrats elected to the State Senate.
--Whether his campaign collected money from straw donors, or fake donors, to hide who was really giving him money.
--Also, whether groups like horse-carriage opponents or business owners gave money, hoping for favors at City Hall.

"Any matter under investigation I'm not going to go into play by play on, bottom line, everything was done appropriately," said de Blasio.

The mayor was also asked whether all these investigations are hurting his fundraising for re-election in 2017.

He says a Thursday night fundraiser hosted by comedian Louis CK is selling tickets just fine.

And he claims he's not worried about possible opponents like Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., nor Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries.

"If folks want to run for this great office bring it on, we're very, very confident of the work were doing, for every day New Yorkers," said the mayor.

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