Thursday, October 27, 2005

Fitzmas Eve is here!

In my family, it was (materialistic) sacrilege to open gifts before Christmas morn. But since everyone has been so good and patient waiting for the big day, let's just have a peek at one the night before:

Former Republican Party Fundraiser Thomas W. Noe Indicted For Illegal Campaign Contributions

A federal grand jury in Toledo, Ohio has indicted Thomas W. Noe, a former Republican party fundraiser, for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions using conduit contributors, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Gregory A. White of the Northern District of Ohio announced today.

The three-count indictment returned today alleges that beginning in October 2003, Noe made contributions to President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign over and above the limits established by the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). He did so, according to the indictment, in order to fulfill his pledge to raise $50,000 for a Bush-Cheney fundraiser held in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 30, 2003. The indictment alleges that Noe disguised his contributions by recruiting and providing money to friends and associates who made campaign contributions in their own names. The indictment also alleges that Noe wrote several checks in amounts slightly less than the maximum allowable amount so as to avoid suspicion. Altogether, Noe allegedly contributed $45,400 of his own money through 24 conduits.

If convicted, Noe faces a maximum sentence on each count of five years in prison. The conspiracy and false statement counts carry a maximum fine of $250,000, and the FECA count carries a mandatory fine of between $136,200 and $454,000.

There. Now, sleep tight!


Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

In my house we always got to open one present on Christmas Eve, and Mom always got to pick which one. Every year it was the same thing - new jammies, so we'd look cute for the pictures in the morning. My moms was clever.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Jammies? How long did moms last before the kiddies went after her with the carving knife for the Roast Beast?

4:14 AM  

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