Jul 24, 2008
Once Again, David Cappiello Caught Accepting Illegal Campaign Funds
According to the Associated Press [7/23/08], a 16th person was caught funneling illegal money to David Cappiello's state senate campaign. First it was James Galante who contributed $15,000 in illegal campaign money from 15 straw donors, now it's Jack Garamella, Galante's lawyer, who paid off a staffer to contribute to Cappiello's state campaign. How many illegal checks will David Cappiello get caught accepting before we stop believing that he's "stunned" and that his campaign is accepting tainted money? [Associated Press, 7/22/08]
"There is a clear pattern of corrupt campaign practices that David Cappiello refuses to take responsibility for," said Carrie James, regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "David Cappiello has made it very clear that no money is off limits -- he invited President Bush to Connecticut to stuff his campaign coffers full of Bush's special interest money; it took Cappiello five years to return James Galante's tainted $15,000, and now he's facing more of the same charges of tainted money. How can David Cappiello look Connecticut families in the eye and say he that he's had no knowledge of how even more tainted money ended up in his account?"
Cappiello's Record of Accepting Tainted Money:
- Cappiello took $15,000 in illegally funneled money from Galante for his State Senate PAC. Cappiello spent $202 at Danbury wine & liquor to thank Galante with "bottles of wine or champagne" (Hartford Courant, October 12, 2007) (Politico.com, November 5, 2007) (Hartford Courant, October 12, 2007)
- After a story broke about his PAC receiving Galante money, Cappiello lied about when he donated the money to charity. (Hartford Courant, October 13, 2007) (Associated Press State & Local Wire, October 12, 2007) (FEC.gov)
- Cappiello accepted $500 in funneled money from Jack Garamella [The Associated Press, 7/23/08].