Saturday, December 17, 2011
Johnny going crazy?
From the NY Times:
In recent weeks, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have delivered subpoenas seeking a broad range of records and other information to a growing circle of Mr. Liu’s more generous donors, said the people knowledgeable about the matter, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. The supporters who have now been subpoenaed include at least one who acknowledged to The New York Times that he had served as bundler, or someone who helped Mr. Liu raise money from others; and another went to a donor who worked at a company headed by a bundler.
Mr. Liu’s campaign has failed to disclose the names of its bundlers, as required by law.
The investigation of Mr. Liu’s campaign finances, which led to the arrest of one of his fund-raisers in November on attempted wire fraud and conspiracy charges, has been an embarrassment for Mr. Liu, the city’s top fiscal watchdog and an auditor by training. The situation has also cast a pall over his mayoral prospects; according to a poll released on Thursday, his approval ratings have plummeted.
Mr. Liu’s criminal defense lawyer, Paul L. Shechtman, and a spokesman for his campaign, George Arzt, declined to comment on Thursday about the new subpoenas.
And from the Daily News:
THE BELEAGUERED city controller has a stern message for his staff
— Liu-oose lips sink ships.
John Liu, beset by bad press over an ongoing federal probe into his mayoral race fund-raising, did some remodelling in his office last week: cubicle walls were torn down in two divisions, creating an open, bullpen-style space.
The motive — making it harder for staffers to dish to reporters.
“They are afraid that people inside are giving information out,” a Liu employee said of the persistent whispers among the staff that one in their number is giving up valuable intel.
A spokesman for the controller fervently denied that Liu is on a paranoia-fueled snitch hunt, as the source described.