The campaign treasurer for New York City mayoral candidate John Liu is accused of using so-called "straw donors" to allegedly circumvent campaign finance limits and grab more matching funds from taxpayers, the U.S. attorney said Tuesday. Government Affairs reporter Melissa Russo reports.
Embattled City Comptroller John Liu has a new campaign treasurer.
He replaces the Democrat's previous treasurer, who was arrested on charges she was part of a scheme that used straw donors to funnel large, illegal contributions to the campaign.
A federal probe into illegal contributions to Liu's campaign has also resulted in the arrest of a fundraiser.
Despite the arrests, Liu says he's moving forward with plans to run for office in 2013. He had been considered a top contender to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg when the billionaire's third term ends.
Liu is the first Asian-American to win major elective office in New York.
The New York City Campaign Finance Board confirmed Wednesday that paperwork was submitted for Shiang Liu, who is of no relation to the comptroller.
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