The continuing revelations about lawbreaking in city Comptroller John Liu’s last campaign are heartbreaking. We’ve supported Liu in the past, but with federal charges filed against yet another person over his campaign — this time his treasurer — it’s become clear that he should drop his hopes to be elected mayor next year.
Liu campaign treasurer Jenny Hou was charged with a slew of federal campaign finance law violations this week. They center on increasing Liu’s fundraising, which means also increasing the amount taxpayers contribute to it — at a rate of $6 from city coffers for every $1 raised by the candidate.
Amusingly, Liu just created a hotline, 1 (212) NO-WASTE, so that residents offer suggestions on reducing city spending. One idea we have is no longer allegedly breaking election laws so you can get $6 from all of us for every $1 raised in an illegal manner.