Biden donor pleads guilty to campaign finance charges

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Biden donor pleads guilty to campaign finance charges

Postby chief joe » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:42 pm

The vice president himself is not implicated in any wrongdoing.

WILMINGTON — Christopher J. Tigani, the former president of N.K.S. Distributors, pleaded guilty this afternoon to federal tax evasion and violating federal election financing laws.

Some of the illegal campaign contributions may have gone to the Senate and presidential campaigns of Vice President Joe Biden.

The charges were filed May 3 but remained sealed until this morning.

Tigani appeared in U.S. District Court at 2 p.m. to enter his guilty plea before Chief District Judge Gregory M. Sleet. Sleet set sentencing for Sept. 20.
The News Journal also reports:

Court papers state Tigani conspired with "numerous individuals including N.K.S. employees, their spouses and other associates" to make the contributions and then he would reimburse them with N.K.S. non-payroll checks.

From October 2003 to December 2008, according to the court documents, Tigani knowingly made donations through third parties to campaign committees of candidates for president of the United States, U.S. Senate, governor of Delaware, lieutenant governor, treasurer of Delaware and the Delaware General Assembly.
The court papers do not cite specific candidates by name.

In 2008, Joe Biden ran two federal office campaigns, seeking re-election to the Senate seat he had held since 1972 while also becoming a vice presidential candidate on the winning Democratic ticket with Barack Obama.

Biden's Senate race swamped Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell, raising $1.6 million and spending $4.9 million, compared with about $116,000 raised and spent by O'Donnell.

There was no immediate comment this afternoon from the vice president.
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