Bloomberg's 2009 Campaign Manager Testifies in Haggerty Trial

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2009 campaign manager says the ex-operative accused of faking a $1.1 million poll-watching operation was on the phones at election headquarters on the day of the vote collecting information on voter turnout.

By Samantha Gross
|  Friday, Oct 14, 2011  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Bloomberg's Former Campaign Manager Testifies

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Polital operative John Haggerty is charged with bilking Mayor Bloomberg out of more than $1 million.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2009 campaign manager says the ex-operative accused of faking a $1.1 million poll-watching operation was on the phones at election headquarters on the day of the vote collecting information on voter turnout.

    
Bradley Tusk testified Friday that defendant John Haggerty was one of about 20 top campaign insiders who spent Election Day with the mayor. Tusk says Haggerty was on the phone all day collecting turnout reports, which could be used to direct get out the vote efforts.
    
Such reporting on turnout is often part of campaign poll-watching procedures.
    
Haggerty is accused of convincing Bloomberg to donate the money for a so-called ``ballot security'' enterprise, and prosecutors claim that no substantial operation materialized.
    
Tusk said he believed the money was going to pay for poll-watching efforts.
 

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