‘She Is a Scapegoat’: John Liu’s Former Treasurer Appeals Conviction

Jenny Hou
Jenny Hou. (Photo: Facebook)

John Liu’s former campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou, is appealing her conviction.

Ms. Hou, who was just 25 years old when she was arrested on fraud charges last year, was sentenced earlier this month to 10 months in prison for her participation in a straw donor scheme on behalf of Mr. Liu’s mayoral campaign. Continue reading “‘She Is a Scapegoat’: John Liu’s Former Treasurer Appeals Conviction”

John Liu Rages at U.S. Attorney After Ex-Treasurer Sentenced to Prison

Jenny Hou standing in front of a MoneyGram sign. (Photo: Facebook)
Jenny Hou standing in front of a MoneyGram sign. (Photo: Facebook)

City Comptroller John Liu is fuming after his former campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser were sentenced to prison terms by a judge earlier today.

The fund-raiser, Oliver Pan, 48, and the treasurer, Jenny Hou, 27, were prosecuted for their role in a straw-donor scheme to funnel money into Mr. Liu’s failed mayoral campaign. Continue reading “John Liu Rages at U.S. Attorney After Ex-Treasurer Sentenced to Prison”

John Liu Insists His Campaign’s Bookkeeping Was the Best

John Liu on NY1. (Photo: ny1.com)
John Liu on NY1. (Photo: ny1.com)

City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu continued his no-apologies tour after his former campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser were found guilty on campaign finance fraud charges last week, charging Monday that his rivals’ campaigns would also face issues if they were subjected to similar scrutiny.

“I am confident that if any campaign in New York City or elsewhere was subject to the level of scrutiny that my campaign has been put under–and that Jenny has been put under–we would be far head and shoulders above everybody else,” Mr. Liu said during an interview on NY1 last night.

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John Liu Says He Can Still Be Mayor, Taunts Feds Again

Jon Liu at a fundraiser in Brooklyn Friday evebning. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Jon Liu at a fundraiser in Brooklyn Friday evening. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

For nearly any other candidate, two guilty verdicts in the trial of a trusted treasurer and fund-raiser on campaign finance fraud charges would spell the end of his or her campaign. But this is John Liu.

The city comptroller soldiered on with his campaign on Friday, attending a fund-raiser where he vowed to not only continue his campaign but win the race—and slammed the feds’ case in the process, taunting them to “put up or shut up” yet again.

“I am speechless,” Mr. Liu said from the living room of the opulent Cobble Hill home, where several dozen supporters had gathered to hear from the candidate. “When I walked in, I was speechless. I mean, this has been an amazing experience, an amazing ride. You could never make this stuff up,” he said, insisting he can still win again and again.

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John Liu Calmly Defends Campaign in Emergency Press Conference

John Liu before speaking to reporters. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
John Liu before speaking to reporters. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

Hours after his former treasurer and a fund-raiser were found guilty on campaign fraud charges, City Comptroller John Liu said he was “proud” of his campaign and vowed to carry on with his bid to become the city’s next mayor.

“I’m deeply saddened by the turn of events today. I continue to believe that Jenny’s a good person, and we will continue to ask the voters of this city for their support in my campaign to be mayor of New York City,” he told reporters after a forum in Brooklyn, where he continued to act as though nothing had changed.

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John Liu ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Guilty Verdicts but Vows to Soldier On

John Liu. (Photo: Facebook)
John Liu. (Photo: Facebook)

Comptroller John Liu said he’s saddened by the guilty verdict this afternoon against two of his former associates–a one-time campaign treasurer for his mayoral bid and a former donor–but he insisted it’s not going to slow him down.

“I am deeply saddened by the verdict. I continue to believe in Jenny being a good person and exceptional individual,” he said in a statement released by his campaign, referring to Jia “Jenny” Hou, his former aide.

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John Liu’s Former Aide and Donor Found Guilty in Federal Court

John Liu. (Photo: Getty)
John Liu. (Photo: Getty)

Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign took a significant hit this afternoon when a donor, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan, and his young former campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou, were found guilty in federal court for helping to orchestrate a straw donor scheme on his behalf.

“As the jury found, Jia Hou and Oliver Pan stuck a knife into the heart of New York City’s campaign finance law by violating the prohibition against illegal campaign contributions, all to corruptly advantage the campaign of a candidate for city-wide office,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “Cases like this give the people of New York yet another reason to be troubled by the electoral process, and they have a right to demand fair, open, and honest elections untainted by cynical subversion of campaign finance laws.”

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