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Senator Capri Cafaro’s Father JJ Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge re: Capri’s Fundraising

February 23, 2010 at 9:59 am Matt

Ted Strickland, Congressman John Boccieri, JJ Cafaro, and Congressman Charlie Wilson

I like how Capri, like any good woman of the mob, knows not to ask too many questions about how family members get the job done. Is it possible for JJ to look the part any better than he does? Right out of central casting:

John J. Cafaro, the retired vice president of the Cafaro Company, was named in a bill of information Monday morning from the United States District Court and is expected to plead guilty.

The single charge is for a violation of federal election law.

The bill accuses “J.J.” Cafaro of “knowingly and willfully caused to be falsified, concealed and covered up by trick, scheme, and device material facts and caused to be made materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement and representation, in that he caused the responsible official of the Capri Cafaro for Congress Committee to file with the FEC a quarterly report that falsely stated that he had contributed only $2,000 to the general election campaign, when in fact, as John J. Cafaro then well knew, John J. Cafaro actually contributed an additional $10,000 in the form of a loan to a campaign staffer for the benefit of the general election campaign.”

The maximum individual contribution allowed by law to federal candidates is $2,000 for the general election and $2,000 for the primary election.

The accusations are related to daughter Capri Cafaro’s 2004 failed bid for the 14th U.S. Congressional District where she ran against Steve LaTourette.

Currently Capri Cafaro is serving as a state senator in Ohio’s 33rd District.[...]

This is not the first criminal proceeding against J.J. Cafaro. In 2002 he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge related to a bribe given to then-congressman James Traficant. J.J. Cafaro was sentenced to 15 months of probation which means that probation expired just months before the allegations in this case began. In the 2002 case, Cafaro admitted that he bribed Traficant to help a company in which Capri Cafaro was an executive.

And like a good father, he covers for his daughter:

In a statement released by Attorney Ralph E. Cascarilla, counsel for J.J. Cafaro, Cafaro states “Although I always wanted to help my daughter in her campaign, I made a mistake for which I am solely responsible. As the investigation has determined, my daughter was not involved in any way. I sincerely regret any embarrassment or hardship I have caused my daughter and those who work with her. I am proud of her and what she has accomplished. Again, I take full responsibility for my actions and I apologize for my actions.”

As I’ve joked before, in 2008 Capri campaigned vigorously against payday lending in the Senate, as she wanted to protect the Youngstown loan sharks where the interest rate was somewhere between 1 knee cap and 2.

Posting anything about this makes me feel like I should check under my car for explosives.

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