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Thursday, February 28, 2013

LA Times: "Nonprofit group names key strategist (Shallman) for Greuel, Feuer in lawsuit".

A Non-profit group alleges that "Private Citizen/ Villar Greuel and Feuer Political Consultant" John Shallman, was "unjustly enriched" via the Durkee Scandal.
How will the "Private Citizen/ Political Consultant" explain this latest "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" Lawsuit?

We have our pre-Election Day Thursday Campaign Breaking News. From the LA Times.

A group that lost $1.5 million in the statewide political embezzlement scandal filed a lawsuit against a high-level strategist for mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel last week, alleging the campaign consultant was “unjustly enriched” even as other victims failed to recoup their money.The Mountain View, Calif.-based National Popular Vote Institute, which wants to end the presidential electoral college system, went to court demanding reimbursement from Greuel campaign consultant John Shallman, Durkee and First California Bank, which handled Durkee's funds. The suit does not allege wrongdoing by Shallman.

 Shallman Defense Attorney Andrew Cowan

Our corresponding legal friend Andrew Cowan, had these comments in regards to the past actions of his client.

Shallman's lawyer, Andrew Cowan, sharply disputed the lawsuit's portrayal of his client, saying Shallman was a victim of Durkee who lost out on $1 million. Since the lawsuit was filed, Cowan offered to provide the National Popular Vote Institute with information showing that Shallman did not benefit financially from Durkee's actions."We have agreed to hold off on serving [Shallman] with the complaint to allow time for review of that information," Berger said in an email. Berger said he had done so to as a "professional courtesy." "It doesn't mean that we're not moving forward with any part of the lawsuit," he said.

Shallman speaks through Cowan.

Shallman Communications represents Greuel and a handful of other candidates in the March 5 election, including city attorney candidate Mike Feuer and council hopefuls Mike Bonin and Gil Cedillo.Shallman said through his lawyer that he "deeply sympathizes" with the National Popular Vote Institute, saying he too is owed restitution. Durkee misfiled Shallman's tax returns from 2001 to 2009, Cowan said. 

........ makes us wonder what the California version of Sing Sing is?

Your thoughts ................
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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