Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Nicholas Caimano and Harwood McCart

Here's the money out: Begin forwarded message: > From: > Date: July 16, 2004 2:20:04 PM EDT> To: > Subject: opensecrets.org>>> http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.asp?id=NY20&cycle=2002>> This site has the most complete information on donations to Sweeney and expenditures by Sweeney. The information from 2002 on expenditures details the nature and extent of his campaign. You will see that he spent very little on actual campaigning such as ads, etc.; but, rather, spent lavishly on his consultants and donated to other R's at all levels There are a lot of connections to Queensbury -- Nicholas Caimano--Warren County..his campaign aides ended up as his congressional staff. love this one!! Begin forwarded message: > From: > Date: July 16, 2004 1:57:09 PM EDT> To: > Subject: Ex-strip club boss on rep's payroll The Daily Star (Oneonta) > 1-19-04>> Monday, January 19, 2004>> Ex-strip club boss on rep's payroll>> Staff and Wire Reports>> ALBANY - A retired state trooper and former strip club owner has emerged as the highest-paid campaign aide to U.S. Rep. John Sweeney, viewed by state Republican leaders as a rising star in the national GOP party. Harwood McCart, 65, is also on Sweeney's payroll as a staff assistant, the Times Union of Albany reported Sunday. McCart went to court against the city of Albany over his all-nude juice bar in the 1990s. Sweeney's 20th District includes most of Delaware County and part of Otsego County. Between January 2001 and December 2002, McCart was Sweeney's biggest campaign expense of any kind at $84,200, about 8 percent of the $955,072 Sweeney's campaign raised during that period, according to Federal Election Commission records. During the same time period, McCart was paid $34,100 through Sweeney's 28-employee congressional office payroll. McCart has been on both Sweeney's public and campaign payrolls since 1999, when Sweeney first took office. Other members of Sweeney's staff also are on his campaign payroll, although none earn as much as McCart. McCart works for Sweeney's office when he drives the congressman to public events in the district and for his campaign when he drives to political events or after business hours, Sweeney's spokesman Demetrios Karoutsos said.

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