Former New York City councilman Dan Halloran was found guilty today of multiple political corruption charges. Halloran was arrested last year alongside prominent Democrat State Senator, Malcolm Smith, and a pair of GOP operatives in a massive bribery scheme aimed to get Smith on the Republican mayoral ballot, and rigging the election.
Via the Observer:
A jury found former City Councilman Dan Halloran guilty on all counts against him in connection with two separate political corruption schemes — including one to rig the mayoral race, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced Tuesday.
“With today’s verdict of guilty reached by an impartial and independent jury, the clean-up of corruption in New York continues in courtrooms,” Mr. Bharara said a statement.
Mr. Halloran, a Queen Republican, was arrested in connection with the bizarre plot to secure State Sen. Malcom Smith, a Democrat a slot to run in the Republican mayoral primary.
“As the jury unanimously found, Daniel Halloran played a key role in two distinct political corruption schemes: first, for $20,000, Halloran was willing and able to serve as a go-between to deliver bribes to political party officials, and second he also took nearly $25,000 in cash and illegal campaign contributions to steer $80,000 in City Council money to other bribe payers,” Mr. Bharara said in a statement.
Prosecutors indicate that Halloran could face up to 45 years in prison.
A nice little demonstration that corruption is always a threat from both sides of the political aisle.