Anti-abuse advocate sues NY ethics body over billboard fight

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In this Monday, April 16, 2018 photo, Kat Sullivan, a nurse who says she was assaulted by a teacher at a private school in upstate New York two decades ago, holds a press conference near a billboard in Albany, N.Y. Sullivan is suing New York’s ethics commission over its demand that she register as a lobbyist because she paid for billboards to criticize the state’s molestation laws. (Paul Buckowski/The Albany Times Union via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman is suing New York’s ethics commission over its demand that she register as a lobbyist because she paid for billboards to criticize the state’s molestation laws.

Kat Sullivan claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is conducting an “abusive” investigation of her.

The commission has said the billboards amounted to lobbying and threatened Sullivan with thousands of dollars in fines if she refused to pay a lobbyist registration fee of $200.

The commission had no comment on the litigation.

Sullivan says she was assaulted by a teacher at a private school two decades ago. She was among hundreds of people who successfully pressured lawmakers this year to pass a law making it easier for abuse victims to seek justice.

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