HEY BIG SPENDER: The campaign documents claim that Ex-Christopher Shays Campaign Manager Sohn took about: $83,000 in campaign checks written to himself; $70,000 through more than 100 ATM withdrawals; $16,000 in payroll; $11,000 in Verizon charges; and $11,000 in other unapproved spending, including a ticket to a Red Sox baseball game.
Michael Sohn has been a focus of a criminal investigation into the disappearance of the funds.
Sohn was subpoenaed last month by a grand jury investigating the missing campaign money.
Shays claims ex-campaign manager embezzled $190000
By Peter Urban
Posted: 02/09/2009 08:37:01 PM EST
WASHINGTON - In documents expected to be filed Monday night with the Federal Election Commission, former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays was to detail nearly $190,000 in misappropriated funds that he has accused his former campaign manager of embezzling.
The 11 amended reports cover the 2008 campaign and offer new details into allegations that Michael Sohn of Fairfield took the funds from Shays' campaign over the last two years.....
Sohn has been a focus of a criminal investigation into the disappearance of the funds. He was subpoenaed last month by a grand jury investigating the missing money. ...
....Shays, who raised nearly $3.7 million in the 2008 election cycle, will face a somewhat daunting task of raising an additional $200,000 under the same campaign finance restrictions he faced during the campaign. He cannot raise additional funds from many supporters, who had already contributed the maximum allowed.
Fox estimated that hundreds of man-hours of work have gone into reviewing financial documents so amended reports could be prepared for the FEC. "Our goal is to be totally compliant and responsive to their needs," he said.
"It would be inappropriate for me or anyone else to comment at this time regarding this sensitive matter which is presently under investigation," Hernandez said. "The Shays campaign has not shared any information regarding this matter with me or my client. We look forward to receiving and reviewing any available information and responding in the appropriate forum at the appropriate time.".....
"It's every candidate's worst nightmare to face this very unfortuante situation after such a distinguished and productive congressional career," Blumenthal said.
Dec 10, 2008