His Ex-Aides Convicted, Liu Proceeds With Mayoral Run

Friday, May 03, 2013

A New York jury handed down convictions Thursday for two of city comptroller John Liu's campaign aides accused of accepting illegal donations for his mayoral bid. Liu says he's "deeply saddened" by the verdicts — but WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports that questions over the mayoral hopeful's involvement could negatively affect his run.

"Prosecutors were connecting him to this scheme the whole time," Bergin said. "They made the point explicitly in their closing statements. The candidate and the campaign had to know who the big donors were, who the straw donors were, in order for the scheme to work."

Liu has denied any wrongdoing.

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Carin Barbanel from United States

If he cannot run a campaign he cannot run a city. The mayor will have to hire people who hire people. My Chinese husband thinks it's targeted, I think he's not the right person. I agree that Jenny is a scapegoat but there you go.

May. 03 2013 10:44 AM
lucy from Brooklyn

Why aren't you explaing that no one is allowed to give $16,000. There is a maximum and the Liu campaign imposed a $800 maximum.

The evidence was so extremely thin from the prosecutors. All charges should have been dismissed.

Why is no one asking who put the US Attorney up to this investigation? They did not think of it themselves. A powerful enemy of Liu's put them up to this.

And yes, I support John Liu.

May. 03 2013 10:39 AM

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