Straw Donor Trial Begins For NYC Comptroller’s Associates

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT) -- Two people tied to the campaign of New York City mayoral candidate John Liu tried to “corrupt” the democratic process by working to circumvent campaign donation laws, a federal prosecutor told a jury Tuesday.

Xu Wing “Oliver” Pan, an alleged fundraiser for Liu, and Jia “Jenny” Hou, Liu’s former campaign treasurer, attempted to use so-called straw donors to get around laws that limit the amount of money an individual can donate to a political campaign in the city, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Jacobs said in opening...
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