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Does any of this make any sense?

Friday, October 26, 2007
Time: 10:15 AM

A quote from the last honest man regarding Galante's illegal campaign contributions.
Boughton said Friday that he was unaware that there was anything wrong with the donations and that his campaign officials would have no way of knowing if someone was fronting money for others.

"We've accepted thousands of donations from thousands of contributors and we assume that the name on the check is the person that donated the money. In fact we send a personal thank you letter to each person," Boughton said. "I was absolutely unaware that there was anything wrong with any donations."

Lets take a look at one of the people who donated to Boughton's campaign and you'll see why Mayor Mark's LIE explanation doesn't seem to pass the smell test.

First, lets go back to the Hartford Courant's article from the 12th.
Boughton acknowledged Friday that one of his political actions committees, People Over Politics, got money from associates of Galante in 2003.

Sources said that eight, $1,000 checks from either Galante employees, friends or associates were donated to People Over Politics on Oct. 26, 2003. Some of them were then reimbursed or told that the donations would help Galante's trash hauling business, which is based in Danbury.
Now, take note of the fact that the Hartford Courant stated that Boughton received EIGHT SEPARATE CHECKS for 1,000 dollars.
Now, let's take a look at two people who gave a check, Jackie and Robert DiNardo.

From the Weekly:
Sources told the Hartford Courant (the Weekly's papa paper) that Galante gave $8,000 to Boughton's People over Politics PAC in eight separate thousand-dollar donations—a grand being the legal limit for an individual—through friends, family and employees in October 2003, with promises of favors or reimbursement. Boughton told the Courant, "I was absolutely unaware that there was anything wrong with any donations."

People over Politics only received a total of eight donations of $1,000 in that reporting period.

Four checks are from the family of Paul Dinardo, Galante's brother-in-law and a longtime employee of his trash business, who got 21 months in prison in September for conspiracy to inflate hauling prices through extortion and threats. He gave $1,000. So did his father Anthony Dinardo, the father-in-law of James Galante and a resident of Putnam County, N.Y., where Automated Waste's operations stretched. The other Dinardos were Paul's brother Robert, a Danbury police officer, and his wife, Jackie, a teacher and guidance counselor in the city's public schools.

Let's start with Jackie DiNardo...you know the TEACHER AND GUIDANCE COUNSELOR for the Danbury School system. Hmm, who else was a teacher at one time in time...
Mayor Mark D. Boughton Bio

Was born February 20, 1964 in Danbury, Mayor Boughton graduated from Danbury High School in 1982 and went on to attend Central Connecticut State University where he received a Bachelor of Science and Education Degree in American History. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Western Connecticut State University. Mark served in the United States Army Reserve from 1983 to 1989 where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He returned to Danbury High School in 1987 to teach Social Studies, and served as a Member of the Danbury Planning Commission from 1995 to 1998. Mark was elected Mayor for the City of Danbury, Connecticut in November 2001, and re-elected in 2003 and 2005. Mayor Mark D. Boughton is also a member of the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge, Faith Church, The Lions Club, and lives in Danbury with his wife of eleven years, Phyllis.

Okay, now that we have the teacher thing out of the way, lets take a look at Robert DiNardo, Jackie's husband.

Remember, Robert is a police officer...A POLICE OFFICER. His wife is a teacher...A TEACHER. Mark is a former TEACHER and the MAYOR who oversees THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Lets take a look at Robert and Jackie's donation as logged in the October 2003 People over Politics PAC finance report. Note the portion boxed in blue.
Now, remember, Boughton received these checks and his campaign has Robert, THE COP's, address listed as 116 Main Street.

Lets take a look at that address...

Now, that doesn't look like a place someone LIVES at...it looks like a place someone WORKS at.

Lets recap:

Robert DiNardo, THE COP, donates 1,000 to Boughton's campaign and SOMEHOW his address is listed as 116 Main Street in Boughton's report although he doesn't live on 116 Main Street. Do you think Robert, Jackie's husband, listed his address as 116 Main Street on HIS check?

Robert's wife, Jackie, is a TEACHER and GUIDANCE COUNSELOR for the same Danbury school system where Mayor Mark was employed. Wouldn't a mayor, who was a former teacher, know about a POLICE OFFICER who's wife is a TEACHER and GUIDANCE COUNSELOR?

But we're led to believe this...
"We've accepted thousands of donations from thousands of contributors and we assume that the name on the check is the person that donated the money. In fact we send a personal thank you letter to each person," Boughton said. "I was absolutely unaware that there was anything wrong with any donations."


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