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There are 18 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Oct 13, 2007, titled No title. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Trash czar James Galante -- already facing nearly 100 federal counts of corruption and racketeering for his business dealings -- was charged Friday in connection with nearly $40,000 in campaign fund violations ...

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Lockhimup

Boston, MA

#1 Oct 13, 2007
Galante is crooked? Oh man, the sky is falling. I thought he was honest. I wont be able to sleep tonight.

“tappa tappa tappa”

Since: Oct 07

Danbury, CT

#2 Oct 13, 2007
Boughton accepted these donations. He better return the money or he is a crook too. If he new this money was dirty before this story broke, then he is indeed crooked.
boredwithbs

Jericho, VT

#3 Oct 13, 2007
If anyone thinks that the political system is honest and functioning without improper influence of politicians by special interests they are completly naive.

This matter with Boughton and Cappiello in Danbury is the result of flagrent abuse of the system by all involved.

When a candidate prostitutes himself or herself for campaign cash the result is that the taxpayers pay the bill. Inflated contracts, favorite developers, shoddy work. We've seen it all right here in Connecticut.

Galante's "bundling" of campaign cash and his "generosity" comes with a price tag.

He "buys" the elected official and he expects a return on his investment. It's a business decision, after all.

That return on investment may come as a piece of legislation, a call to a commissioner or other official, and even, perhaps, other misdeeds being asked for that threaten the health and safety of the public. Jail is too good for those type of actions.

The politician who begins this journey by accepting the cash is on a slippery slope that they cannot get off.

The addiction is power, the drug is cash.

One "contribution" leads to another, and each step drops them deeper into the contributor's pocket.

We've seen it recently with shamed John Rowland's treachery.

Boughton and Cappiello are merely a thread away from the same behavior.

It is time to reform the system, and try to eliminate the greed and need.

Perhaps public campaign financing is an answer, perhaps voter incentives are an answer, perhaps a better solution lies elsewhere still yet to be developed.

The bottom line is that mayors and senators like Boughton and Cappiello are a dime a dozen for the Galante's of the world to use.

The brave and strong resist the temptation, the weak give in.

The character of the elected officials must be examined and the one's who fall short must not be re-elected.

It's our patriotic duty to do our best to see through the lies and seek out the truth, and hold our elected officials to the highest standards.
tiredofignorance

Berlin, CT

#4 Oct 13, 2007
There arleady is a public financing law in place in this state, taxpayers are now footing the entire bill for political campaigns.

Honesty and integrity is missing in our American society as a whole, not just in politics.
boredwithbs wrote:
If anyone thinks that the political system is honest and functioning without improper influence of politicians by special interests they are completly naive.
This matter with Boughton and Cappiello in Danbury is the result of flagrent abuse of the system by all involved.
When a candidate prostitutes himself or herself for campaign cash the result is that the taxpayers pay the bill. Inflated contracts, favorite developers, shoddy work. We've seen it all right here in Connecticut.
Galante's "bundling" of campaign cash and his "generosity" comes with a price tag.
He "buys" the elected official and he expects a return on his investment. It's a business decision, after all.
That return on investment may come as a piece of legislation, a call to a commissioner or other official, and even, perhaps, other misdeeds being asked for that threaten the health and safety of the public. Jail is too good for those type of actions.
The politician who begins this journey by accepting the cash is on a slippery slope that they cannot get off.
The addiction is power, the drug is cash.
One "contribution" leads to another, and each step drops them deeper into the contributor's pocket.
We've seen it recently with shamed John Rowland's treachery.
Boughton and Cappiello are merely a thread away from the same behavior.
It is time to reform the system, and try to eliminate the greed and need.
Perhaps public campaign financing is an answer, perhaps voter incentives are an answer, perhaps a better solution lies elsewhere still yet to be developed.
The bottom line is that mayors and senators like Boughton and Cappiello are a dime a dozen for the Galante's of the world to use.
The brave and strong resist the temptation, the weak give in.
The character of the elected officials must be examined and the one's who fall short must not be re-elected.
It's our patriotic duty to do our best to see through the lies and seek out the truth, and hold our elected officials to the highest standards.
Dave

United States

#5 Oct 13, 2007
Why is the photo of Deluca accompanying this article? SHouldn't it be Galante?
voice23

New Bern, NC

#6 Oct 13, 2007
Boughton new jimmy was a crook, every police officer in danbury new!come on whos kidding who?
StopHatinOthers

New Britain, CT

#7 Oct 13, 2007
I wish someone would finally pick up the garbage at city hall. It's long overdue.
boredwithbs

Jericho, VT

#8 Oct 13, 2007
tiredofignorance is correct, however the enabling statutes must be approved locally, and guess what?

Boughton failed to enact the local ordinances to enable public campaign financing.

Maybe it has something to do with outspending opponents with Galante's cash?

After all, who likes a level playing field if holding on to power is the main objective.

“My Politics Over People”

Since: Oct 07

The home for misfit toys

#9 Oct 13, 2007
Politics & my own self wants over people..that's my motto!

“Danbury's King Pin ”

Since: Oct 07

Mob Run Danbury

#11 Oct 13, 2007
State law prohibits individuals from giving candidates more than $1,000 per election;

BUT, is it illegal ?

people who visit me at my home are prohibited from wearing shoes inside BUT is it illegal ?
The Plain Truth

Sete Lagoas, Brazil

#13 Oct 13, 2007
"Cappiello said at that point in Galante's career he was known as a businessman and philanthropist, not a man charged with hiring Mafia muscle to enforce a pricing scheme for trash hauling in Fairfield County and New York state."
Who the hell does this guy think he is kidding. He, just as everyone else, knew just who and what Galante is. That has got to be the lamest bald-faced lie I have heard in a long time. If Cappiello expects to pass that off on his constituents, they had better get rid of him now, before he gets anywhere he can really scoop up the cash.
jose morales

Windham, NH

#14 Oct 13, 2007
the mayor has a lot to explain,before he came after the illegal aliens he should think if he has anything to hide,someone just mention on this site that he should return the money,like he didnt know where came from come on this is been so long,wait there is a lot more to come
jose morales

Windham, NH

#15 Oct 13, 2007
hipocrate thats all hipo
Inked Again

Boston, MA

#16 Oct 14, 2007
Make those campaign fund violations go away, donate it to me. I'll give you a reciept and pay the taxes on it.
Inked Again

Boston, MA

#17 Oct 14, 2007
Boughton was really "Bought" this time!
Inked Again

Boston, MA

#18 Oct 14, 2007
StopHatinOthers wrote:
I wish someone would finally pick up the garbage at city hall. It's long overdue.
I agree. It's time for a new mayor. Out with the old and in with the new.
MinBraveheart

United States

#19 Oct 14, 2007
Dear Bored with BS,
I agree with you AND have a solution. Take the money out of the factor. Here's how.
Have a Primary say in Sept. and tax all the contributions 10%. The primary will yield the two top candidates for each office. After that only the public funding gleaned off the 10% tax can be used and NO CONTACT can be made with their parties again until after the election.
Then maybe Abe Lincoln (the common man) could once again take office.
(Pass the idea on if you like it!)
jose morales

Windham, NH

#20 Oct 14, 2007
vote for abrantes

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