Crisco Fined $4,000

Sen. Joseph Crisco has been fined $4,000 by the SEEC for, first, allowing his treasurer’s secretary to sign the treasurer’s signature on official campaign documents, and secondly for apparently forging several signatures himself. These ethical lapses are what disqualified him from receiving public campaign money last year.

Crisco still won his seat.

GOP state chair Chris Healy was quick to weigh in on Wednesday, saying in a release:

“Why did it take a year for the people of the 17th district to find out their Senator was in serious violation of the law?” asked Healy. “The system doesn’t work. Sen. Crisco’s action should not have taken this long under any circumstances.”

Healy also criticized Democratic leadership for remaining silent on both this fine and the $6,000 Sen. Gaffey was fined for double-billing.

Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams has said that there will be no further sanctions against Gaffey or Crisco. There will be no committee of inquiry, no stripping of leadership posts, nothing, despite the fact that campaign law was broken by Crisco.

Add to this Gaffey’s earlier woes, Lou DeLuca and Ernie Newton, and one starts to want to wash out the Senate chamber with a hose.

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18 responses to “Crisco Fined $4,000

  1. Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams has said that there will be no further sanctions against Gaffey or Crisco. There will be no committee of inquiry, no stripping of leadership posts, nothing, despite the fact that campaign law was broken by Crisco.

    Of course not; there’s an entirely separate level of patience, as opposed to outrage reserved for Democrats.

  2. A Republican was fined $6,000 yesterday for lying about where his campaign funds were coming from, according to the NH Register.

    Also Wednesday, the commission approved a settlement in a case involving the campaign of John Cusano, the 2008 Republican candidate for state representative in the 28th District, which covers Wethersfield. A penalty of $6,000 was imposed for violations by Cusano’s brother, Samuel Cusano.

    In that case, the commission had denied Cusano’s application for Citizens’ Election Program funds after an audit process. The commission’s subsequent investigation revealed that Samuel Cusano had “provided his own funds to the campaign while misrepresenting such funds to the treasurer as coming from other individuals.”

    Is Chris Healy complaining about how long it took for that case to be resolved?

    If anything, I think these fines by people of both parties show that the system does work. They were caught and are being punished.

  3. One cannot help but be amused by the fact that this behavior comes from the caucus headed by Don Williams, perennially wagging his finger at everyone over achieving “clean elections.”

    Meanwhile, this caucus is setting new records in breaking election laws… Sen. Gaffey bought his chick some stuff from his PAC and then double billed the state for hotel stays, travel expenses and her phone bill. Now Senator “Magoo” Crisco forged campaign documents.

    By refusing to admonish either of these members of his caucus, he shows how little credibility he has on this issue.

  4. Joe Sixpack

    http://forum.connpost.com/politics/2009/05/a_few_minutes_with_the_situati.html

    For those who haven’t seen it yet, Ken Dixon’s blog absolutely destroys the hypocrit Don Williams. And to loyal poster Derek Slap – you should bsolutely be fired for putting your “guy” into this situation with no preparation or clue as to what to say. As much as Senate D’s want to make this a non-issue, this rotten story is only going to stink more and more and drag Crisco and Gaffey down. Tough to try and claim any moral high ground when you are an apologist for a forger and a double-dipping thief.

  5. Mr. Reality

    It just proves that these guys couldn’t care less about ethics. Ethics is a political tool used only when convenient. All the good government people are silent. I remember when DeLuca was in trouble and was killed by the good government and so many people on this board…me included. Now everyone is silent. What a sham. Says a lot about people!

  6. That Dixon story is an absolute classic. Williams doesn’t even know how much his leaders get paid to be leaders. But don’t worry… Slap will get us that information.

    He might as well have gone into that press room with his pants down sucking his thumb.

  7. Bruce Rubenstein

    there should be one standard of punishment for both parties where legislators have been found unethical and/or criminal.

  8. Joe Sixpack

    Cusano should be removed from office immediately. As should Crisco and Gaffey.

  9. Thomas Hooker

    Wait a minute. Republican Joe Lieberman was fined $50,000 for his campaign’s illegal activities. Please tell us why you all aren’t criticizing him. Not bothered by slimy snake Lieberman’s activities? How does his illegal handing out of nearly $400,000 in cash for which he failed to account, but you believe that this guy Crisco should be removed from office.

    Lieberman used that cash to hire thugs to try to incite violence during Ned Lamont’s campaign appearances. Remember the busloads of thugs brought into Lamont’s Greenwich rally, several of whom surrounded Lamont and his children after the rally, jostled him and hassled him all the way to his car? No?

    Tell us, please, why you are in high dudgeon about Crisco, but Turdblossom and McCain’s boy Lieberman gets a free pass.

  10. Joe Sixpack

    Lieberman should be out as well. Good point, Hooker. We were all just dumping on the state pols, so the federal ones slipped our minds. But Dodd and his ethics deals, Lieberman stealing $400,000, they should be removed as well.

  11. Mr. Reality

    Great point Thomas…when Lieberman is Republican he should be hung out to dry, when a Democrat we should just forget about it. That’s pretty much what you are saying. Term limits would rectify this problem not taxpayer money.

  12. Thomas Hooker

    I think that you all are filled with revulsion about Crisco who, from what I read, forged some signatures on documents….Did his signing on behalf of others come because he was covering up fraud? Did he embezzle funds? Did he steal? Doesn’t appear that he did anything but sign for others. If that act covered up real criminal activity, please fill me in. But Lieberman’s fine that was 8X higher was for really ugly activities and for major violations. But Republicans seem to be giving him a pass.

    I think corruption should be punished. That guy in Louisiana- Jefferson? Toast. Throw away the key. But punishment should be proportionate, and Republicans keep thinking that they are above the law. Who was the state representative from Bridgeport- the African-American- who got years for corruption, but John Rowland, whose corruption was magnitudes worse, was walking the streets- in public employment!- just months later. And Scooter Libby, who committed the major crime of lying to Congress, doesn’t serve a single day in prison. He helped destroy the career of a key CIA operative, yet George Bush holds him to be above the law.

    If you want to talk about corruption, don’t tell me about Chris Dodd, who has never been accused of breaking the law. Indeed, even the Republican congressional report on Dodd admitted that he was unaware that he was getting an enhanced deal from Nationwide.

  13. Joe Sixpack

    Crisco’s case happened yesterday. It is fresh news and accordingly is the subject of discussion here. And forgery is a crime, as is fabricating documents to fool public officials in doing their duty – such as falsifying signatures on a sworn afffidavit designed to obtain $85,000 in taxpayer money to spend on crappy lawn signs. Crisco was in such a rush to get his hands on public money that he couldn’t wait to have the real people sign the forms. And he apparently opened up a bank account and signed checks by forging names as well. The act isn’t a cover up of crimes – the acts themselves are the crime.

  14. Thomas Hooker

    Crisco’s case happened yesterday. It is fresh news and accordingly is the subject of discussion here. And forgery is a crime, as is fabricating documents to fool public officials in doing their duty – such as falsifying signatures on a sworn afffidavit designed to obtain $85,000 in taxpayer money to spend on crappy lawn signs. Crisco was in such a rush to get his hands on public money that he couldn’t wait to have the real people sign the forms. And he apparently opened up a bank account and signed checks by forging names as well. The act isn’t a cover up of crimes – the acts themselves are the crime.

    So you are likewise filled with anger and revulsion at George Bush’s pardon of Scooter Libby, right? You also believe that Dick Cheney should be prosecuted for war crimes for engineering and approving systematic torture, right? You believe that the manipulation of the justice system by Karl Rove and other Republican operatives to get the Democratic governor of Alabama prosecuted and imprisoned should also be investigated and the Republicans involved convicted, right? You also believe that John Rowland should today still be rotting in prison, rather than walking free, right?

    Right?

  15. Joe Sixpack

    Um, no?
    Rowland was booted from office and served his time. If the sentence wasn’t up to your rigorous standards for public servant violations of trust, sorry. Talk to me about light sentences when Crisco or Gaffey or O’Rourke even gets CHARGED!

    Presidents get to pardon people. Dems did it, R’s did it. As for the torture- I personally don’t have a problem with it. You yourself call for “war crimes” – under the so called “rules” of war, unaffiliated mercenaries are not protected, so therefore, there was no violation and no crime.

  16. “Ed made a mistake a number of years ago, for which he has accepted full responsibility. He pled guilty and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service. Over the years, Ed has expressed to me, his family and friends his deep remorse for his actions.”

    That is what Chris Dodd wrote about his friend Ed Downe to Bill Clinton, from whom Downe, with Dodd’s help, procured a pardon. Dodd bought a Washington property, a condo, in partnership with Downe before he was convicted of insider trading.

    But that’s all right Hooker.

    Right?

  17. By the way, Bush commuted Libby’s sentence; he did not pardon him. That left intact the conviction, which was for one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of making false statements to federal investigators. It was not Libby who outed Plame. This deed was done by Richard Armitage, chief aide to then Secretary of state Colin Powell: http://donpesci.blogspot.com/2007/03/who-killed-cock-robin.html

  18. there should be one standard of punishment for both parties where legislators have been found unethical and/or criminal.

    What did you get your hands on Bruce?

    Geesh, I would’ve thought you might have given me a call and shared a little.

    BTW – don’t post right after you have that stuff.

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