Rudy Laundered Money, Say Dem Watchdogs

Campaign ally funded attempt to change law in candidate's favor
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 5:32 PM CDT
A crowd of supporters listens from the porch of Dino's Seaville Diner in Dennis Township, N.J., Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, as Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani speaks to the media. (AP Photo/Mel...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Democratic watchdog group has accused Rudy Giuliani of money laundering and breaking campaign-finance laws in an attempt to change California's system of awarding electoral votes. The sole donor to a group called Take Initiative America was top Giuliani adviser Paul Singer, according to a Federal Election Commission complaint filed yesterday, the LA Daily News reports.

The initiative would have revamped California's winner-take-all system, in effect awarding the GOP some 20 electoral votes. Because the law bans individuals from donating more than $3,200 to a candidate, Singer's $175,000 contribution raised a red flag. "In California, that's considered money laundering," said the lawyer who filed the FEC complaint.