3for eighteen months, and yet no charges have ever been made against her, demonstrates that shedid not engage in any wrongdoing.Frankly, your citing her continuing work for the campaign as somehow worthy of denying the campaign of
matching funds is an outrageous example of using “guilt byassociation” that is unworthy of a public officer and a public agency.
Your letter also singles out Chung Seto’s
ongoing role in the campaign due to her role asan intermediary for several problematic contributions discussed in the Thacher Report. The factis that Ms. Seto had no contact whatsoever with anyone at [a law firm].For fundraising events Ms. Seto helped organize, she used her own fax number on theinvitation. The invitations and contribution forms were widely distributed by the hosts of events,other people and campaign staff. A number of contributors submitted credit card contributions byfaxing the forms to the number listed thereon. Ms. Seto then delivered these contributions to thetreasurer.Since during that time period Ms. Seto was not retained by the campaign as a consultant,
by virtue of such delivery she became an “intermediary” for a number
of contributions (includingthose by the [law firm] people by operation of CFB Rules. This was notwithstanding the fact thatshe neither solicited the contributions nor knew the contributors.Apart from the [law firm] situation, discussed further
, there is no basis whatsoever
for your assertion that Ms. Seto’s role in the campaign justifies the negative inference you are
drawing.Sharon LeeMs. Lee was a part-time volunteer for the campaign in 2011 and 2012. Her role in theCamp
fundraising operations in 2011 primarily consisted of assisting the then-treasurer,Ms. Hou, with data entry. In her testimony at the federal trial earlier this year, Ms. Lee stated thatshe had called several family and friends in 2011 and asked them to contribute to the Campaign.She acknowledged offering to reimburse some of them. They all lived outside the State of NewYork. According to
news reports, Ms. Lee testified that she did not know “how bad it was tomake the offer” in lieu of actually reimbursing any c
ontribution.Her mother did contribute. However, she was not reimbursed. Of course, the contributionwas not matchable since it was from a California resident.Based on her contrition for this one mistaken idea that never materialized as well as her competency and experience, Ms. Lee was hired by the campaign on April 1, 2013 to handle pressrelations and related matters.