Caligiuri Attacks Dodd Donors in Video

Sam Caligiuri has taken aim at the low number of CT-based donors to Sen. Chris Dodd’s campaign in this new web video. It runs a little long, but makes its point.

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37 responses to “Caligiuri Attacks Dodd Donors in Video

  1. AndersonScooper

    Loving it!

    Let’s see…. Who can get to the GOP bottom quicker? Simmons or Caligula?

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

  2. Let’s see…. Who can get to the GOP bottom quicker? Simmons or Caligula?

    So then, using factual data supplied by the Connecticut Post in a political ad is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    Nice to know where the parameters are.

    And what act or statement ever made by Caligiuri justifies you in comparing him to Caligula — or would the comparison be scraping the bottom of the barrel? Or are you just playing on the name?

    These Italian names are so hard to pronounce.

  3. Don don’t let Scooper get to you. He is just cranky that there are no more CT Republicans in Washington for him to goof on.

    Great spot from the Caligiuri team, keep it up.

  4. These Italian names are so hard to pronounce.

    Woe is any Republican with a vowel on the end of their name, once Scooper arrives on the scene.
    Scoop has a long history of intentionally besmirching Italian surnames.

    How that’s different from other ethnic slurs is beyond me.

    A bigot is a bigot as far as I’m concerned.

    Prejudice and Bigotry are not synonymous however.

    Prejudice of some sort is virtually impossible to avoid as our varying experiences through life teach us where *not* to shop, what brands to favor….and to avoid; and which groups of people tend to be more amenable to our own peculiarities.

    There’s nothing wrong with a Roman Catholic favoring to associate with others and thus becoming active in the Knights of Columbus for example.

    There is something wrong when we allow ourselves to become biased towards any group where membership in that group is an act of God; such a race, ethnicity, gender and so forth; as such a bias is nothing less than raw bigotry.

  5. AndersonScooper

    Nice try ACR. I remember when you carried on about how I was anti-semitic for going after Lieberman.

    However, when I talk about a race to the bottom, it’s the partisan bottom I’m talking about. If Simmons and Caliguiri want to see who can be the most anti-Dodd, it’s just great for Democrats. All it does is highlight how the GOP has no real agenda to run on.

    And in the future I’ll try to avoid the juicy Caligula references. But wasn’t he the guy who ate his own?

    If Caliguiri wasn’t such a self-centered S.O.B. Rob Simmons might have been able to run as a real moderate. Instead Rob is palling around with Sean Hannity, and attending Tea Parties with the worst of the anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Hispanic, “President Obama is a dirty Socialist”, crowd.

  6. Bruce Rubenstein

    Of interest to me is the articles i have seen in which Caliuri seems to want to run in the mold of a Reagen conservative. While that might excite my good friend ACR and other movement conservatives, it wont be within the mainstream of where Connecticut residents are. I would maintain that Connecticut is a moderate state shading liberal on most matters and if Caliguiri runs like I think he will, he is headed toward a huge loss no matter if Dodd only has 3 donors…

  7. A US Senator get’s a lot of contributions from out of state. What breaking news…..

  8. AndersonScooper

    Scanman–

    The breaking news is that Dodd’s got a lousy staff that’s about three steps behind on everything.

    Of course Dodd’s recent campaign disclosure was going to be pored over once filed. Yet the people who were supposed to be looking out for Dodd somehow didn’t see this latest round of negative headlines coming? Only 5 Connecticut donors, yet the alarms weren’t ringing?

    Frankly Team Dodd better wake the duck up.

  9. AndersonScooper

    Ack. Moderated.

  10. Ichabod Crane

    GC, I have to agree, Scooper is a bigot.

    Are you man enough to do something about it?

  11. Weicker Liker

    According to his Sam Caligiuri’s FEC Report for April 15th, his campaign raised $44,594 for the quarter.

    Seven donors MAXED out at $2,400 for the Primary.

    His campaign spent $8,306.16. They have $36,287 on hand.

    The Committee has $8,782 in Debts & Obligations.

    Caligiuri raised $12,700 from his colleagues at Day Pitney LLC (28.4% of the total)

    Here is a list of the NINETEEN contributors who gave at least $1,000:

    Mary Goldberg WaterburyRetire d Teacher $2,400
    Charles Lenore West HartfordAttorney (Day Pitney) $2,400
    Frederick Leopold NY, NY Attorney $2,400
    Mark Malaspina WoodburyAttorney $2,400
    Jane O’Connor Waterbury Retired $2,400
    Randy Petoniro Wolcott -Musco Fuel Owner $2,400
    Dr. Robert Russo Fairfield Attorney $2,400
    S. Mark Albini MiddleburyPhysician $2,000
    Robert Taylor III Weatogue Attorney (Day Pitney) $1,200
    Albert Zakarian Simsbury Attorney (Day Pitney) $1,200
    Scott Matney BristolAttorney $1,100
    Victoria Chavey West HartfordAttorney (Day Pitney) $1,000
    Joseph Mengacci MiddleburyAttorney $1,000
    Kenneth Namnoun West HartfordAttorney $1,000
    Rober Nastri, Jr. Cheshire Attorney $1,000
    Sabio Rodriguez Westport Attorney (Day Pitney $1,000
    Stanley Twardy WiltonAttorney (Day Pitney) $1,000
    Sandra Ulbrich DurhamHomemaker $1,000
    Richard Vitarelli GlastonburyAttorney $1,000

  12. AndersonScooper

    Okay, so Sam Caliguiri is an attorney with Pitney Day, and his associates there are ready to fund his campaign out of the gate.

    The question I have is who does Pitney Day represent, and what are the big cases that Caliguiri has been working on?

  13. The question I have is who does Pitney Day represent, and what are the big cases that Caliguiri has been working on?

    “You know, because that’s my business.”

  14. The question I have is who does Pitney Day represent, and what are the big cases that Caliguiri has been working on?

    Day Pitney represents corporations and financial institutions, for the most ”part. For example, they represent AIG. On the whole, Day Pitney isn’t about the little guy, nor the underdog.

    Attorney Caligiuri’s areas of specialization are financial services regulation (representing the financial institutions), mergers and acquisitions (primarily of banks and insurance companies), municipal finance, and “distressed assets” — helping corporations take advantage of the opportunities provided by the instability of the markets.

    You can look up Day Pitney’s caseload on the Judicial website. Attorney Caligiuri doesn’t have any cases listed under his own juris number, which means nothing; they’re probably listed using the firm’s juris number.

    “You know, because that’s my business.”

    Litigation is a public matter. Considering Day Pitney’s practice areas and their clients, their litigation can have ramifications, to greater and lesser degrees, for most of us. The sphere Mr. Caligiuri has chosen to work in, and the clients he counsels and defends, tells us quite a bit about what is important to him and where his “sympathies” lie — so yeah, it really IS our business as we consider for whom we intend to vote.

  15. Weicker Liker

    Day Pitney has three JURIS NUMBERS.

    Over 800 cases in the Civil/Family Courts.

  16. Litigation is a public matter. Considering Day Pitney’s practice areas and their clients, their litigation can have ramifications, to greater and lesser degrees, for most of us. The sphere Mr. Caligiuri has chosen to work in, and the clients he counsels and defends, tells us quite a bit about what is important to him and where his “sympathies” lie — so yeah, it really IS our business as we consider for whom we intend to vote.

    Not really, if you read what TrueBlue actually wrote. He asked (a) who does Pitney Day [sic] represent, and (b) what big cases Caligiuri has been working on. The former is irrelevant and none of his business, and the latter might be, too. Lawyers work on a ton of different matters, not all of which are related to litigation (which is public).

    So, it really ISN’T necessarily your business, but I doubt you were voting for Sam or Rob anyway.

  17. Of course it’s the business of anyone who wants to look it up — that’s why it’s public information, available on the Judicial website.

    Caligiuri had choices when he was mapping out his career and one can assume that the choices he made reflect his world view and beliefs. Even if he chose to represent corporate interests simply because he wanted to make big bucks, that says something about him. I’m not judging whether his choices were good or bad — at the end of the day everyone is entitled to representation. If he’s a good lawyer, and honest, more power to him. But how a candidate for office makes his living is hardly irrelevant when one is weighing for whom to vote.

  18. Day Pitney has three JURIS NUMBERS.

    um…. so?

    Over 800 cases in the Civil/Family Courts.

    Your point?

    They also have nine offices in five states. And several hundred attorneys, although they’ve been laying off attorneys and staff (31 in CT in February, 66 firm wide — including some who’d been with the firm 20+ years).

  19. Of course it’s the business of anyone who wants to look it up — that’s why it’s public information, available on the Judicial website.

    I think you’re missing my point. Not everything a lawyer does is logged under his or her (or his or her firm’s) juris number. A lawyer can provide, literally, an infinite number of different services that would never be logged under any juris number. So, no, it’s not necessarily the business of anyone who wants to look it up… because it’s not necessarily public information, available on the Judicial website.

    Caligiuri had choices when he was mapping out his career and one can assume that the choices he made reflect his world view and beliefs. Even if he chose to represent corporate interests simply because he wanted to make big bucks, that says something about him. I’m not judging whether his choices were good or bad — at the end of the day everyone is entitled to representation. If he’s a good lawyer, and honest, more power to him. But how a candidate for office makes his living is hardly irrelevant when one is weighing for whom to vote.

    Again, you’re missing the point, and not by a little.

    They also have nine offices in five states. And several hundred attorneys, although they’ve been laying off attorneys and staff (31 in CT in February, 66 firm wide — including some who’d been with the firm 20+ years).

    With pejorative comments like that one, it sounds like you’re already teeing up a “Sam lays people off” campaign line for next fall. Congratulations.

  20. Lawyers work on a ton of different matters, not all of which are related to litigation (which is public).

    He didn’t ask whose will Caligiuri drafted. He didn’t ask what confidential employment matters Caligiuri was working on. He asked what “cases” Caligiuri worked on. “Case” most often refers to a lawsuit. Lawsuits are public matters.

    What cases Caligiuri works on are entirely relevant to making a decision about voting for him, because they reflect his beliefs. If he’s defending AIG’s interests in regulatory matters, you can get a pretty good idea how he’s likely to vote in the Senate if regulating insurance companies comes up. Who Day Pitney represents in the Madoff case very well might indicate where Attorney Caligiuri is going to stand in investment issues that come before the Senate. Voters might be interested in knowing how Day Pitney in general, and Attorney Caligiuri assist their clients in getting TARP funds (they’ve gotten their clients over $360 million so far).

    Educated voters want to know these things.

  21. Educated voters want to know these things.

    If voters were really educated, would Chris Dodd have been re-elected to Congress for the last 35 years?

  22. I think you’re missing my point. Not everything a lawyer does is logged under his or her (or his or her firm’s) juris number. A lawyer can provide, literally, an infinite number of different services that would never be logged under any juris number. So, no, it’s not necessarily the business of anyone who wants to look it up… because it’s not necessarily public information, available on the Judicial website.

    If it is filed in Court by an attorney, it’s got a juris number on it. If it’s before the Court, and appears on the Judicial website, it’s public. If you can look it up on the Judicial website, it’s public information and it’s your business, if you want it to be. That’s how the whole “transparency” thing works. And that’s the point.

    With pejorative comments like that one, it sounds like you’re already teeing up a “Sam lays people off” campaign line for next fall. Congratulations.

    Pejorative? Simple facts? Not by a long shot. I was simply adding more inane facts to Weicker Liker’s out-of-left-field commentary: number of offices, number of attorneys, yada yada. I doubt Attorney Caligiuri had all that much input into who got laid off at Day Pitney. And even if he did, that would probably fall under the heading of confidential employment matters and wouldn’t be public information.

  23. If voters were really educated, would Chris Dodd have been re-elected to Congress for the last 35 years?

    Apparently voters WANTED to re-elect him. And they probably will again, should he chose to run.

  24. What cases Caligiuri works on are entirely relevant to making a decision about voting for him, because they reflect his beliefs. If he’s defending AIG’s interests in regulatory matters, you can get a pretty good idea how he’s likely to vote in the Senate if regulating insurance companies comes up. Who Day Pitney represents in the Madoff case very well might indicate where Attorney Caligiuri is going to stand in investment issues that come before the Senate. Voters might be interested in knowing how Day Pitney in general, and Attorney Caligiuri assist their clients in getting TARP funds (they’ve gotten their clients over $360 million so far).

    I guess using this logic, public defenders sympathize with criminals and thus shouldn’t be elected to public office.

    And the Madoff case? Say what? No one is advocating that we treat ponzi schemes lightly, and even those people who advocate scaled back regulation of financial markes will still say that outright fraud would need to get prosecuted. So no, if a law firm defended Madoff, you could’t really make any assertions about the beliefs of the lawyers that work for that law firm.

  25. If it is filed in Court by an attorney, it’s got a juris number on it. If it’s before the Court, and appears on the Judicial website, it’s public. If you can look it up on the Judicial website, it’s public information and it’s your business, if you want it to be. That’s how the whole “transparency” thing works. And that’s the point.

    Right. The problem is, you seem to think that everything an attorney does is public, except for employment and wills, and that’s false (and that’s the point).

  26. Right. The problem is, you seem to think that everything an attorney does is public, except for employment and wills, and that’s false (and that’s the point).

    Um… no. Don’t put words in my mouth, I never said that. I gave wills and employment as two examples, not the ONLY examples.

  27. Um… no. Don’t put words in my mouth, I never said that. I gave wills and employment as two examples, not the ONLY examples.

    Several times, no less. Still, given the tone of your questioning and your optimistic view of Chris Dodd’s chances, I suspect that you’re looking into this information for the sole purpose of obtaining dirt on Sam.

  28. AndersonScooper

    Look, to date the firm of Day Pintey has not just given Caliguiri his employment, they’ve also given him more than 50% of hos entire campaign money.

    That’s right, well more than half has come from this nefarious outfit Day Pitney.

    And your response to me inquiry as to who, precisely do Day Pitney and Caliguiri represent, — it’s to tell me to shut up and it’s none of my damm business?

    As far as I”m concerned Day Pitney bought a State Senate seat in 2006, and now four years later they’re hoping to but a US Senate seat.

    But to what end?

    Anyway, I’d guess it isn’t from the goodness of their hearts and for the good of America!

    Nope, it’s about Day Pitney, the secret partners, their clients’ interests, and $$$, $$$, $$$.

  29. .

    As far as I”m concerned Day Pitney bought a State Senate seat in 2006, and now four years later they’re hoping to but a US Senate seat.

    For the record, according to the esteemed and objective Huffington Post, Allan Taylor — a partner at Day Pitney — donated $2,450 to Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign; $3,700 to Chris Dodd’s Presidential Campaign; $1,500 to Chris Murphy’s Congressional campaign; $2,250 to Joe Courtney’s Congressional campaign; $500 to John Larson’s Congressional campaign; $250 to Jim Himes’s Congressional campaign; and $250 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    As far as I’m concerned, Allan Taylor bought the Presidency and four seats in Congress. Better yet, he bought the entire Democratic majority.

    That’s TrueBlue logic for you.

  30. You won’t find cases with Sam’s name on them – I doubt he’s set foot in a courtroom as an attorney ever.

    I’ve known him since he was 20; and I could understand him back then.

    Then he went off and got himself over-educated and along the way picked up a mastery of the English language that’s just this side of frightening.

    He’s a bit of a egghead sort of fellow whose monstrous IQ and laser-like intense focus are self-evident upon even a brief encounter.
    (Bring your thesaurus just in case.)

    He explained what sort of law he does over coffee with me one morning a couple of years ago and made my eyes glaze over – I still haven’t any real comprehension as to just what he does aside that it involves such exciting topics as “municipal bonds”.

    For those seeking any dirt, or convoluted spin against Caligiuri due to his employment – not a chance; he’s simply a boring guy in that regard.

    He does however work like an immigrant (both of his parents were) and tends to respond to emails at 5AM or earlier often from his office in Hartford.

  31. nefarious outfit Day Pitney.

    “Nefarious”???

    Here’s an interesting link: http://www.daypitney.com/about/probono/

    American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut:
    A team of our lawyers provide “intake” support at the ACLU office in Hartford, and have co-represented a class of inmates at Connecticut’s prison for women, to monitor and enforce a consent decree designed to insure that inmates receive.

    Human Rights Asylum Program:
    Our lawyers have defended the interests of immigrants seeking political asylum and refugee status.

    Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project:
    In 1992, we founded this joint program with the Morris County Bar Association and the New Jersey Battered Women’s Service. We continue to administer the program and assign volunteers to represent abused women. Over the years, our efforts have assisted more then 1,400 victims to obtain final restraining orders against their abusers.

  32. That’s right, well more than half has come from this nefarious outfit Day Pitney.

    Seriously?

    When did Day Pitney become Grisham’s “The Firm”? It’s a hugely respected law firm in the state.

  33. AndersonScooper

    Let’s hope so, because they own Sam Caliguri’s political career to date.

    Is it possible to get a complete client list, and a fuller sense of who pays the firm to do what?

    Until we get some disclosure, I’m going to stick by my statement of nefarious.

    And what percentage of Sam the Man’s Q1 contribs came from Day Pitney? Over 75%?

    Sam the man from Day Pitney!

  34. Until we get some disclosure, I’m going to stick by my statement of nefarious.

    There you go… according to TrueBlue, supporting the ACLU, human rights and battered women qualifies as “nefarious.”

    Any comment on Day Pitney’s support of Obama and the Congressional Democrats? None?

  35. The first place people look to raise money are the people they know, i.e. co-workers.

    I think it would say a lot about him if they weren’t giving him money.

  36. Weicker Liker

    Scooper….

    Day Pitney contributed 28.4% of the total amount raised on Sam Caliguiri’s April Quarterly FEC Filing.

    I mentioned this fact in my posting above.

    I also have met Senator Caliguiri, seems to be decent guy, as ACR pointed out.

  37. Several times, no less. Still, given the tone of your questioning and your optimistic view of Chris Dodd’s chances, I suspect that you’re looking into this information for the sole purpose of obtaining dirt on Sam.

    If I were looking for dirt on Attorney Caligiuri, I’d ask his colleagues and adversaries, not look on the Day Pitney and Judicial websites.

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