The trial of John Liu’s campaign treasurer and an outside fundraiser is concluding, with closing arguments expected to finish today. As described by the New York Times, the government asserted in it’s closing argument that Liu must have been aware of the illegal “straw donor” arrangements that his campaign aides are accused of. The government has not, however, offered direct evidence of any such knowledge by Liu nor has he been charged with any crime. Liu has soldiered on since the first report of financing irregularities, his campaign surviving when many thought it would not.
As Liu marches on, he is infrequently asked about the charges in candidate forums and debates, but often brings it up on his own. His general approach is to proclaim that he is “very proud” of his fundraising, lament the need for campaign fundraising, sometimes complain about the federal government’s actions and then move on. He also, sometimes gingerly, complains about the New York Times’ role, once describing it as “in bed with the feds” and once asserting, presumably referring to the Times, that “newspapers which I think [Bloomberg] has a huge amount of influence over, they’ve come after me.”
Here are three recent examples of Liu addressing his fundraising, two of which have Liu raising the issue and in the third he responds to a question.
1) April 25, 2013 – Good Government Regular Democratic Club Candidate Forum.
2) April 15, 2013 – Staten Island Democratic Committee Candidate Forum.
(Here is our full report on Liu’s appearance at the Staten Island Democratic Committee forum.)
3) April 9, 2013 – Asian American Federation Candidate Forum.
(Here is our full report on Liu’s appearance at the Asian American Federation forum.)