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State Sen. Malcolm Smith, city Councilman Halloran arrested in 'bribery plot' to rig NYC mayor race
NY Post ^ | 4/2/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN, LORENA MONGELLI AND ERIN CALABRESE

Posted on 04/02/2013 5:11:06 AM PDT by dead

State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they plotted to rig this year’s mayoral election through fraud and bribes.

The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the GOP mayoral ballot, sources said.

FBI agents arrested them both at their Queens homes shortly after 6 a.m.

“I have no idea,” Republican Halloran, in handcuffs, told a Post reporter when asked if he knew why he was being arrested.

“I’m sure the truth will come out once I have an opportunity to find out what’s going on.”

Smith would not say anything as he was hauled off.

The FBI declined to comment.

Smith was trying to buy off Republican leaders because he needed the party’s support in at least three boroughs in order to run as a GOP candidate without even changing his own party affiliation, the sources said.

“It’s incredible,” a source said of the alleged plot.

To get on the GOP ballot, Smith allegedly enlisted Halloran, a Republican, to set up meetings with party leaders and negotiate thousands of dollars in bribes. The money was masked as payments for legal and accounting services, sources said.

Halloran allegedly collected thousands in bribes for himself along the way, the sources said.

He is separately charged with taking bribes from a consultant in return for up to $80,000 in City Council discretionary funding.

Read more: State Sen. Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran face charges in alleged bribe plot to get Smith on GOP mayoral ballot - NYPOST.com http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bribing_his_way_onto_the_ballot_3XFvV67oWZHFo7bVdoCkcO#ixzz2PJ6KzcHC

(Excerpt) Read more at newyorkpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: electionfraud; votefraud; voterfraud

1 posted on 04/02/2013 5:11:06 AM PDT by dead
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To: dead

Why is the FBI involved and not a state law enforcement agency?


2 posted on 04/02/2013 5:15:28 AM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: dead

This is Soviet era arrest on trumped up charges of political enemies by the Democrats


3 posted on 04/02/2013 5:16:43 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: dead; Clemenza; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Impy; JohnnyZ; randita

Oh, boy...


4 posted on 04/02/2013 5:19:19 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Hostage

Just had an issue here in Florida where I thought the same thing.... and then found out the State Attorney’s brother was involved too. If the State chased it everyone would have been tipped off. They looked to already be protecting them. Will be interesting when all the details come out.


5 posted on 04/02/2013 5:20:38 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: dead

I’m Shocked !!!!


6 posted on 04/02/2013 5:20:40 AM PDT by woofer2425 (Obama inhales immensely!)
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To: Hostage

Wire fraud is a federal crime.


7 posted on 04/02/2013 5:24:46 AM PDT by goldi
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To: dead

People are always asking for bipartisanship, then you give it to them...


8 posted on 04/02/2013 5:25:38 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
“I have no idea,” Republican Halloran, in handcuffs...

No having to guess the party here, huh?

9 posted on 04/02/2013 5:26:15 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: woofer2425

I’m shocked to hear that there are Republicans in NY!


10 posted on 04/02/2013 5:31:52 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

It’s a bipartisan crime.


11 posted on 04/02/2013 5:31:52 AM PDT by goldi
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To: dead

I went to school with Halloran. He is a very weird guy, but I would not have thought that he was corrupt. I am fairly confident that there is a lot more to this story.


12 posted on 04/02/2013 5:35:56 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: yldstrk

Yes, they are the Democrats’ enemies, but how do you know they are trumped up charges? Each of these guys is a slimeball within his own party.


13 posted on 04/02/2013 5:37:43 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
On what grounds would you claim that Smith and Halloran are "slimeballs" exactly?

I'm interested in any evidence you can cite.

14 posted on 04/02/2013 5:41:49 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: fieldmarshaldj; dead; Clemenza; BillyBoy; Impy; JohnnyZ; randita

Two thoughts:

1. Bribery and election-fixing may be frowned upon in Judeo-Christian cultures, but are permitted by Pagan religions. STOP THE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION OF DAN HALLORAN!

2. Malcolm Smith may be a liberal Democrat and a crook, but his would be the least embarrassing GOP NYC mayoral nomination in over 15 years.

(BTW, my tongue was firmly planted in my cheek when I wrote the *first* statement.)


15 posted on 04/02/2013 5:44:42 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: yldstrk

They both have extremely “checkered” pasts, described as the article goes on. Not the most well-scrubbed kids on the block.


16 posted on 04/02/2013 5:48:08 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Smith is one of the Democrats caucusing with the Senate Republicans.


17 posted on 04/02/2013 5:49:47 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: wideawake

The Post has already done an expose on one guy and his nonprofit, the other was already being investigated for bid rigging. And the first guy was essentially a traitor to his party, by plotting to put the other party in power as long as he got a cut of it. (The GOP has plenty of experience with this type on the other side.)


18 posted on 04/02/2013 5:53:18 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: dead

Accepting bribes to place someone on the ballot...the trickle down effect from the presidential elections.


19 posted on 04/02/2013 6:01:43 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: 9YearLurker
Very vague post.

Who was plotting to "put the other party in power"?

Savino, Tabone, Halloran or Smith?

Which one of the four had the expose done on his nonprofit?

Which one of the four was investigated for bid rigging?

20 posted on 04/02/2013 6:30:13 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Smith has been sending taxpayer money to his own non-profit New Directions for years and is under investigation for it. The group is run by Smith's former campaign officials and also raised tens of thousands of dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief of which they spent about $1,300 helping victims.

He was also implicated in the Aquaduct Casino bid-rigging scandal.

21 posted on 04/02/2013 6:41:38 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead; 9YearLurker
Ah, I remember "New Directions" and also Aqueduct.

Thanks, guys. So that's Smith.

What about Halloran?

22 posted on 04/02/2013 6:45:13 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Personally, I don't know a thing about Halloran.

People who do seem to be a bit shocked by the charges.

23 posted on 04/02/2013 6:53:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
The State Senator helped infringe on NYS firearms owners rights with the passage of the SAFE Act and he is allegedly engaging in criminal activity.

Disgusting.

24 posted on 04/02/2013 7:32:04 AM PDT by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Smith is one of the Democrats caucusing with the Senate Republicans.”


So he’s “liberal-to-moderate” instead?


25 posted on 04/02/2013 7:41:31 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Hostage

was the republican supposed to win so this is why this is a crime?


26 posted on 04/02/2013 7:44:44 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I wouldn’t say that exactly. More like he does what he thinks is best for him (then again, that can describe about 99% of politicians). He believes he gets more out of caucusing with the GOP & Dem majority coalition. It’s an unusual situation in NY, anyhow, as the Dems have proven that they couldn’t run the Senate during the time they had it, so a few of them believe it’s better with the GOP in nominal or de facto control. Washington State has a similar situation at present.

What I’m trying to figure out is whether Halloran was attempting to outright deliver the GOP nomination for NYC Mayor to Smith, something that is ludicrous on its face (given that there are other serious GOP candidates already in the race). Although Smith might’ve surmised he’d have an easier time getting the GOP nod than going through the Democrat primary circus (and the last time that nomination was worth anything was in 1989 when David Dinkins, then Manhattan Borough President, knocked off Ed Koch).

Not to say Smith, once elected, would switch back to the Democrats (since it’s unlikely they’d forgive him for doing so, and he wouldn’t survive renomination), he’d just merely play it like Bloomberg. Of course, all this chicanery being blown up publicly will likely end any viable chance he has.


27 posted on 04/02/2013 8:04:27 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: wideawake

If you’d read the article you’d know the answer to those questions.

Smith has the nonprofit issues and was one of a gang of four Dems to plot to hand State Senate power to the GOP, as long as they were in on it.

Halloran is being investigated for bid rigging.


28 posted on 04/02/2013 8:23:49 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
If you’d read the article you’d know the answer to those questions.

The article has actually almost doubled in size since it was first posted.

A lot of data has been added to it that was not there earlier this morning.

29 posted on 04/02/2013 8:29:20 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: dead

> Smith allegedly met with the informant and undercover
> agent at his Albany office on March 21 and told them not
> to pay GOP co-conspirators “even a nickel more” until
> they publicly stated support for his mayoral candidacy,

Kind of reminds me of the conservatives who mysteriously decided to endorse Romney during the primaries.


30 posted on 04/02/2013 9:41:22 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery)
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To: wideawake

No problem!


31 posted on 04/02/2013 10:27:02 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: dead

BTTT!


32 posted on 04/02/2013 11:43:11 AM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: dead

Halloran is pro-life. A pagan professing pro-life. But that is the circus that is life in 2013.


33 posted on 04/02/2013 8:48:46 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: wideawake

Smith is a democrat, so there you go.


34 posted on 04/02/2013 10:54:48 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

LOL. Yeah he must be a follower of Loki, who surely would have no problem with any of this.

Well I knew Smith wanted the GOP ballot line. He probably is better than Bloomberg, which is sad.

This is low. I don’t see how Halloran could have delivered the nomination to Smith.

This is first I’ve heard of Washington State also having a Senate coalition. 2 democrats have joined with the Republicans. One of them no surprise is Tim Sheldon , I was wondering 10 years ago why he was a democrat. He endorsed Bush in 2004 and somehow wasn’t primaried out of office.


35 posted on 04/02/2013 11:51:52 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; dead; 9YearLurker
9YL is vindicated and I stand corrected.

The indictment, and its accompanying evidence, is pretty damning for Halloran.

Plus the NYPD is saying that he was never NYPD - which has been part of his election resume for a while now.

36 posted on 04/03/2013 6:16:18 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

You’re a big man/woman, Freeper wideawake.

Today’s news is pretty damning. In hope against hope, I’d love if somehow the players started singing such that Bloomie could be implicated for having bought his way onto the ticket 12 years ago.

I know, not happening.


37 posted on 04/03/2013 8:29:22 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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