Preet can’t be beat, unless you think Loretta is better. The U.S. attorneys for the southern and eastern districts of New York, respectively, Preet Bharara and Loretta Lynch, are in the midst of stellar work that should do more to clean up the political corruption that seems endemic to Albany than most so-called reforms have ever managed.
They’re going after corruption in case after case and knocking down one elected domino after another. Any city or state lawmaker who’s on the take and hasn’t been charged yet must be very, very nervous.
City Comptroller John Liu continues to run for mayor as if confident he can overcome the embarrassment of a campaign finance scandal that could send one of his top former aides and a contributor to prison for decades.
How much impact the case will have is an open question. But according to two political science experts in Queens, the Liu campaign faces multiple challenges arising from the convictions last week of Jia “Jenny” Hou, his former treasurer, and Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan, a fundraising “bundler,” who secured donations from other parties that then went to the campaign.
Jia "Jenny" Hou lied to the FBI to cover up a plot to secure illegal campaign contributions for City Comptroller John Liu.
The former treasurer of City Comptroller John Liu's campaign for mayor and one of his fundraisers were convicted of attempted fraud and other federal charges yesterday for their roles in accepting illegal contributions and attempting to rip off the taxpayers of New York City.
Jia "Jenny" Hou and Xing Wu "Oliver" Pan were each found guilty of playing a role in taking campaign contributions from straw donors — people whose names were entered as contributors even though someone else had provided the money — and could each face decades in prison.
City Comptroller John Liu on Friday made an announcement of an announcement for his 2013 campaign — with every indication being that he'll throw his hat into the race for mayor.
New York City Comptroller John Liu has a lot of balls in the air — and hasn’t even officially announced his campaign for mayor yet.
Liu discussed city finances, his presumptive campaign for this year’s Democratic mayoral nomination and the ongoing federal investigation into members of his campaign finances and staff on Jan. 24 in a meeting with the editorial board of the Queens Chronicle.
“It’s not a crazy theory.”
That was Flushing Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s response to a question posed to her by the Queens Chronicle earlier this week during a sit-down interview that focused on her race for Congress against City Councilman Dan Halloran, the Whitestone Republican.
Xing Wu Pan, left, and Jia “Jenny” Hou were at Federal District Court in Manhattan Monday, where they faced a new indictment in connection with alleged financial wrongdoing while working with the campaign of City Comptroller and Democratic mayoral hopeful John Liu.
Hou, Liu’s former campaign treasurer, and Pan, a fundraiser for Liu, are charged with participating in a scheme to use straw and fictitious donors in order to skirt campaign finance laws.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) told the editorial staff of the Chronicle today that he stands behind City Comptroller John Liu, who has been in the headlines this week following the arrest of his campaign treasurer on charges of conspiracy, campaign finance fraud and obstruction of justice.
Embattled city Comptroller John Liu said he is reassessing his political options after his campaign treasurer was arrested on Tuesday.
“We’re going to sort through all this stuff and figure out what the next course of action will be,” Liu said at an impromptu press conference in Manhattan.