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AwfulPAC is Awful (UPDATED)

30 Oct

Remember the WNY Progressive Caucus? The Steve Pigeon/Kristy Mazurek production that was caught existing way before it intended

It’s $19,000 in the red, paid someone $100 on top of that, and is late filing its 11-day pre-General election disclosure

So, good government and whatnot. 

UPDATE: 

The Erie County Board of Elections voted unanimously today to refer a complaint lodged by attorney Mark Sacha against the WNY Progressive Caucus and Democratic Action to the County Attorney to seek a court order requiring the PACs to provide complete and accurate disclosure reports of all incoming and outgoing money. Furthermore, the BOE voted to launch an investigation into allegations that the PACs have been operating in violation of the law. 

Specifically, a PAC exists to raise money for candidates, and to donate money to those candidates’ campaigns. It does not exist to spend money on behalf of campaigns – that is what a committee does – authorized or not – and it is required to file a CF-3 sworn statement indicating the identity of the candidates the committee is backing. 

All this comes amidst evidence unearthed by Jerome Schad, an attorney for County Legislators Betty Jean Grant and Tim Hogues, showing that the WNY Progressive Caucus has actually spent $35,000 more on TV ads than it has disclosed to the Board of Elections. 

Campaign Finance Complaint & Evidence Against WNY Progressive Caucus

Joe Illuzzi: Deadbeat Tax Evader

8 Nov
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Joe Illuzzi when he had more than $13 in the bank

Remember that guy Joe Illuzzi?  He’s got a sordid past filled with robbing banks, being a deadbeat, bankruptcies, and generally being a massive part of the WNY political problem.

Turns out, he hasn’t stopped his deadbeat ways. Just within the last week, Illuzzi has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection for almost $233,000 in debts against $19,000 in assets. He claims to be earning just $1,600 per month, and has tax liens from the feds and state of over $66,000 – a tax debt means there was income earned to incu

Lots of his debts seem health care related, so one could assume Mr. Illuzzi would begin to advocate for a different type of healthcare system, instead of saddling local medical and nursing providers with zero cents on the dollar.

You can read Illuzzi’s bankruptcy filing here.

Highlights of his filing include the revelation that Illuzzi has $13 in his checking account, and $950 cash on hand. That’s WNY F-You money! He owes $18k on a 2008 Buick that’s worth $13k.  There are federal tax liens for 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and a 2009 state tax warrant.

Deadbeat.

He owes the Bon Ton $26,000+ from a 1996 judgment against him, we’ll cover the sordid details of that judgment in a future article. The Buffalo News judgment from 2001 is for $2,300. He maxed out his Capital One credit card to the tune of $25,000. He owes E-Trade $15,000. He even owes his dentist $90.

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As much as Illuzzi has become some kind of Republican mouthpiece and a hateful holy roller, this is his second bankruptcy in 25 years, and it seems as if he has a hard time accepting and paying the debts he incurs. That local politicians continue to want to be associated with this homophobic spewer of hatred and rumors is astonishing.

Yes, it was absolutely worth coming out of blogging “retirement” to publish this article. Yes, there will be more details tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that. Also, I’ll be at the courthouse to cover Mr. Illuzzi’s bankruptcy hearing on December 12th.

A few background posts on Mr. Illuzzi:

Joe Illuzzi, Shakedown Artist

Illuzzi, Lying As Usual