Friday, February 27, 2009

A Jordanian Tries Out The Democractic System, Criminally


Jordanian charged with making campaign donations

A Jordanian businessman was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions to three presidential candidates.

The six-count indictment issued Wednesday said Ala'a al-Ali arranged for at least $60,000 in illegal donations to be funneled into the campaigns of three presidential candidates. The New York Times identified these as John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Clinton.

...Ali, 37, lives in the Dominican Republic and also goes by the name Ala'a Mohy Eddin Elali.

...Ali could face up to 26 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and making illegal campaign contributions. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer.

The indictment alleges Ali conspired with others to recruit Southern California residents to contribute to the campaigns with promises they would be reimbursed. Ali is accused of reimbursing them with cash or checks.

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