Mayoral candidate John Liu on the defensive after staffers busted in campaign funds scheme

Posted at 10:41 PM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-03 01:32:41-04

With a campaign sign in front of him City Comptroller and mayoral hopeful John Liu spoke out after his former campaign treasurer  Ja “Jenny” Hou and former fundraiser Xing “Oliver” Wu  Pan were found guilty of scheming to raise campaign funds. He defended his campaign.

“I’ve got a clear conscience and we are going to present a very strong case directly to the voters of NYC,” Liu said.

When pressed, Liu repeatedly said his campaign is strong. “I’m proud of the way that my campaign has been conducted. I’ve said that all along.”

Pan was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and attempted wire fraud. Hou was found not guilty of conspiring, but found guilty of obstruction of justice, guilty of making false statements and also guilty of attempted wire fraud.

Prosecutors said the two were trying to use straw donors to boost the democratic nominee’s campaign funds and get around donation limits. The defense said there was no proof of any wrongdoing.

Liu defended Hou’s character.  “I continue to believe that Jenny is a good person, and we will continue to ask the voters of this city for their support,” he said.