NY13 Blog; Retaking NY-13 from Rep. Vito Fossella

Following the corruption, ineffectiveness and hypocrisy of Rep. Vito Fossella.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Fossella fined $60,000

Back on July 29th we brought you Rep. Vito Fossella's week of Corruption. Part of that (Thursday and Friday) was commentary on his illegal use of mailing funds for re-election campaign material.

Today the NY Daily News, the only real source for news on this race, follows up with the House commission's finding;

U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella must pay back at least $60,000 for using duplicate photos of New York firefighters in both campaign and taxpayer-funded congressional mailings, a House commission has decided.

The best part of the article has to be Fossella's response to having to pay back $60,000;

Fossella portrayed the decision as a victory, emphasizing in a press release the commission's dismissal of the complaint without mentioning how much he'd have to repay.

Calling a $60,000 fine a victory is like standing on an air craft carrier and declaring "Mission Accomplished."


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