John Liu's Former Associates Convicted

Friday, May 03, 2013

Two of NYC Comptroller John Liu's former campaign associates have been convicted of an illegal straw donor scheme to raise campaign funds for Liu's mayoral bid. WNYC reporter Brigid Bergin was in the courtroom throughout the two week trial. She discusses the convictions and what it means for John Liu's chances to become the next mayor of New York. 

Comments [13]

DTorres from Manhattan

I did support John Liu.
I like Mr. Liu better than any of the other candidates.
However, if Mr. Liu lets the girl go to prison, let's her take the rap
all by herself, as though this was just her idea only, then I think
that is really wrong of Mr. Liu.

I do think, that Mr. Liu is a political target and that this whole thing
is motivated, in order to stop Mr. Liu from becoming mayor.
Because Mr. Liu stood a good chance of becoming NYC mayor and they
didn't like that, and wanted to find a way to derail him.

However, Mr. Liu didn't have to make it so easy for them,
and he should not throw the girl to the wolves, to save his skin.

May. 03 2013 12:33 PM
gary from queens


1. Liu willfully pretended to ignore for years how he was raising money.

2. Eric Holder, at the request of Obama, told his US attorneys to avoid implicating a minority, leftist candidate.

3. And Brian Lehrer and guests pretend not to know that it was Democrats who demanded stiff sentencing, with the intent of keeping the supposed republican fat-cat hands tied in contributing to elections.

May. 03 2013 10:53 AM

"[Liu] is just one more entry in the pantheon of corrupt NY machine politicians... Hooray for the US Attorney!"

... until Preet Bharara runs for an office. Remember, Giuliani also came from the US Attorney's office and Spitzer was an Attorney General.

May. 03 2013 10:49 AM
RJ from prospect hts

what does it say about john lui that he hired someone so young as his treasurer--what was her experience with NY's convoluted and complicated campaign finance law?

May. 03 2013 10:48 AM
mick from Inwood

I was and continue to support John Liu. The prosecutor's statements that John Liu had to have met the donor is highly suspect and I believe unethical. Politicians must meet with donors all the time. I feel that the prosecutors are just trying to get to Liu and are going after his campaign workers to turn one of them to lie for a deal. I think that you should mention that Ms. Hou is 23 years old and this was her first job out of college. I hope her probable lack of understanding and naivety about the law are taken into consideration.

May. 03 2013 10:45 AM
Alex Ferrini from New York

Why are these people defending him? He is just one more entry in the pantheon of corrupt NY machine politicians - he is just tapping a new machine. Hooray for the US Attorney!

May. 03 2013 10:44 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Why wasn't the judge more active in this? Couldn't s/he have directed the police investigator to answer the question about why he didn't ask Mr. Liu if he were involved? And stopped the lawyer from stating that Mr. Liu must have known about the alleged conspiracy when he wasn't charged, on the basis of irrelevance?

May. 03 2013 10:43 AM
RBC from NYC

I just don't understand why the Feds never went after John Liu if he knew. If you can't prove that he was part of the scheme, don't state publicly that he knew.

May. 03 2013 10:43 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

J, if that is the case, then the State should put up or shut up.

May. 03 2013 10:42 AM
mr nyc

this is a political witch-hunt initiated by Bloomberg who was embarrassed by Liu for city and david yassky, who is tight with preet baraha -- and both of whom worked for chuck schumer.

May. 03 2013 10:42 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

It may be more of an ethnic pride issue for this over-enthusiastic fervor for raising funds, as opposed to a pure "pay for play thing."

May. 03 2013 10:40 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Why weren't the campaign workers charged w/the violation they admitted committing??

May. 03 2013 10:37 AM

what i wonder every time i hear about this- are we really supposed to believe that liu had nothing to do with this? and if i'm right and he must've at the very least tacitly sanctioned this, isn't that pretty despicable (throwing people under the bus like this)? and i know, i've heard him deny awareness of this on your show. he can deny whatever he wants, i think we've all heard of plausible deniability.

May. 03 2013 10:36 AM

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