Haggerty charged with swiping Bloomberg's $750,000
By LAURA ITALIANO, NY Post
Republican campaign operative John Haggerty Jr. was indicetd today by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. on charges of stealing $750,000 routed to him last year by Mayor Bloomberg for an Election Day poll-watching operation.
The indictment came after The Post ran a series of stories detailing how the mayor wired $1.2 million to the state Independence Party in two transactions right before the election so it could transfer $750,000 to Haggerty, a once-trusted member of Bloomberg's campaign team, for the poll-watching effort.
Sources said Haggerty kept most of the money, claiming he fulfilled his end of the contract by conducting the operation mostly with volunteers.
Sources has earlier told The Post that Vance was demanding jail time be included in any plea deal, which Haggerty flatly rejected.
Although he worked in the mayor's campaigns for years, Haggerty considered himself a "volunteer" and refused to accept either a salary or a bonus.
The mayor had been so pleased with his efforts that he sent him a separate $120,000 contribution three weeks after the election so Haggerty could launch his own political action committee.