Skip to comments.Pa. House spam scam is outlined Prosecutors: $1.7 million spent on campaign-related e-mail
Posted on 07/27/2008 5:14:44 AM PDT by dirtboy
HARRISBURG - They cost only a dime each, but it added up quickly. Over more than two years, as they toiled in the minority, Democrats in the state House allegedly purchased millions of e-mail addresses to send campaign-related propaganda to Pennsylvania voters who were stuck paying the political tab - $1.2 million.
And that's not including several hundred thousand more in public funds that went to a tech consultant - the son of a state representative - who allegedly made it all look like a legitimate legislative endeavor.
Details of the conspiracy were laid out recently in the 74-page grand-jury indictments against a dozen Harrisburg insiders in what has become known as Bonusgate.
They are charged with carrying out a massive conspiracy to use public funds and staff to underwrite political campaigns.
But lost in the sensationalism of the charges, which included allegations of a sex-for-state-job swap involving a former beauty queen, was the e-mail scam that authorities say ended up costing taxpayers, in total, more than $1.7 million over five years
(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...
WHAT????? I missed that one!
This is the second “massive conspiracy” among Democrats in Pennsylvania brought to light this year. Apparently there was another in which the Dems were using state employees to do campaign work on the tax payers’ money.
When Angela Bertugli landed an internship with Democratic state Rep. Bill DeWeese in the summer of 2004, it looked like the start of big things for the small-town beauty queen who was distinguishing herself in her studies at Washington & Jefferson College.
Later that summer, the political science student intern met DeWeese's powerful Harrisburg chief of staff, Michael Manzo.
A grand jury report released this week said on their first meeting Manzo and Bertugli shared drinks, and later had sex.
After she graduated from college and moved to Pittsburgh for graduate school, Bertugli told investigators, she became Manzo's Pittsburgh mistress and was hired as a ghost employee on the state payroll. He allegedly housed her in a makeshift office above a Pittsburgh cigar shop.
OLTG’s Rules of Policics #34522 “Campaign Laws are for conservatives.”
The purpose of politics is to get power, the purpose of getting power is to get more money, the prupose of getting more money is to get more sex. At the end of EVERY political scandal you will find sex...
is her name. Her whole family is neck deep in slimey Dem. politics.
Those kinky Democrats and their cigars.
Now there’s a really big queenie award. I guess she is a hootie you would want to have with you under an umbrella.
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