In the News: Part Two

3 Dec

Former West Seneca Supervisor and unsuccessful Democratic candidate for the County Executive nomination Paul Clark was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor charges arising from some very shady goings-on with respect to campaign financing:

Clark acknowledged that he “knowingly and willfully” failed to report to his campaign treasurer a $10,000 contribution from [Roger] Peck, who was Clark’s top contributor and an energy consultant to the Town of West Seneca. He then admitted having Peck pay $10,000 to Joseph J. Illuzzi for “services rendered” on a Web site he devotes to political advertising and failing to report it as required by election law.

Peck, in turn, acknowledged paying the money to Illuzzi — again for “services rendered” — and not reporting it. Illuzzi then mounted an extensive campaign on his Web site accusing Clark’s rival in the 2007 Democratic primary for county executive, James P. Keane, of being a racist.

Meanwhile, District Attorney Frank J. Clark said he will not pursue felony charges he originally threatened against Michael W. Mullins, who first revealed that he illegally paid Paul Clark’s marketing consultant with two bags containing $20,000 in cash. Mullins, the former campaign aide who told The Buffalo News in October 2007 about the Clark scheme, is expected to face similar misdemeanor charges by the end of the week, the district attorney said.

Mullins, for what it’s worth, may have done wrong, but he’s the whistleblower – the one who blew this whole scheme wide open. Had he lawyered up from the get-go, he could have sought and received immunity from prosecution. Instead, he’s taking his lumps.

Devoted “to political advertising”. Heh.

3 Responses to “In the News: Part Two”

  1. Adam K. December 3, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    Having worked for the Keane campaign in 2007, I can tell you that what McCarthy scraped up doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what Clark’s campaign did.

    The amount of county resources that went in to getting Clark elected was mind-boggling (remember those computers, phones, desks, etc. that the county “lost” about that time? Then they turned up, oh, a few weeks after primary day? Not as “lost” as you think.)

    And the illegal money going in to his campaign was all sorts of larger than is written here and by McCarthy. This is just all Frank Clark could wanted to prove.

  2. Chris Smith December 3, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    From Illuzzi:

    For our part: The Clark campaign paid us well over $20,000.00, the Keane campaign at least $6,000.00, Collins $5,000.00. I can’t be sure of the totals because at the time we had Glenn Gramigna, an avowed high priest in the “church of scientology” (which he will deny depending on who he is talking too, the hypocrite), selling ads; which he did for seven years for 20-25%. His primary responsibility was to sell ads, period; as a result Gramigna often misrepresented our product.

    Yeah, at that time, Gramigna was off on his own. Nice try, Joe.

  3. mike hudson December 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    ho hum. clark will pay a $50 fine. illuzzi is laughing all the way to the bank. the dumbass snitch mullins will bear the brunt of any prosecution, mostly for being a dumbass snitch.

    there really is a god.

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