From the NY Times:
“How much are we short?” the fund-raiser asked the New York City official.
“I don’t know,” the official responded. “I have to get the update” from a campaign aide. “I know we are not finished yet.”
So went a snippet of a conversation between a person who appears to be the official, John C. Liu, the city comptroller, and the fund-raiser, Xing Wu Pan, that was recorded in July 2010 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a sweeping inquiry into Mr. Liu’s campaign fund-raising.
Mr. Pan was arrested on fraud charges in November, and Jia Hou, Mr. Liu’s former treasurer for his presumptive 2013 race for mayor, was arrested three months later. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the city by funneling campaign contributions to Mr. Liu through a scheme to use “straw donors” — people who donate to a candidate and are illegally reimbursed by others for their contributions.
Mr. Liu, a Democrat, has not been charged with wrongdoing. Previous court documents indicated that he was the subject of government wiretaps for almost two years. But the newly released documents, which were filed on Tuesday, revealed publicly for the first time excerpts from conversations in what appear to be Mr. Liu’s voice, as captured on wiretaps.
The documents, filed as part of papers seeking authorization to wiretap Mr. Liu and others, suggest that the comptroller was engaged in his campaign on a granular level, and also perhaps had closer dealings with Mr. Pan than was previously known.