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Woman could face fines for billboards decrying sex abuse law

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 17:01:56-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York ethics officials are threatening to fine a woman for unregistered lobbying after she rented billboards to criticize state laws on molestation and share her own story of abuse.

Kat Sullivan, a nurse who says she was assaulted by her history teacher at a private school in upstate New York, was part of the successful push that prompted lawmakers to relax the statute of limitations on molestation this year.

She now faces up to $75,000 in fines for violating a law requiring individuals to register as a lobbyist if they spend more than $5,000 lobbying lawmakers.

Sullivan said Wednesday it’s an attempt to stop everyday citizens from getting involved.

State ethics officials say lobbying rules apply to everyone and that voters have a right to know who is lobbying lawmakers.