We touched on it in the previous article – now we go in-depth.
Anthony Weiner paid a private eye nearly $45,000 in campaign money to investigate his lie that a hacker posted a crotch shot on his Twitter feed.
That shows up in his campaign spending records.
This happened two years ago when rumors started about him sending naked pictures to various women.
His spin control was he was a victim — someone broke into his Twitter account and posted the pictures.
He ordered an investigation to get to the bottom of how it happened – and that’s how the 45-grand was spent.
All a large glob of shibai.
At the time, Weiner said he had also asked a law firm to look into the matter.
Records show his campaign paid $93,350 for “legal services” between January 2010 and December 2012.
It’s not clear how much of that was for the hacker “investigation” because the firm was doing work for Weiner before and long after the scandal.
All of this was and is wrong on just so many levels.
He’s wasting people’s political donation money on a fake investigation in an attempt to hide what he finally admitted he did.
The money came from the campaign account he had to finance his congressional races and it remained active for two years after he resigned from Congress.
Weiner started off claiming he’d been victimized but his story soon changed.
In a round of television interviews, he admitted the image might have been his, but he still stuck with his “hacking” story, “We need to get to the bottom of some of these things. If that means it creates embarrassing questions for me, then so be it.”
Smooth, wasn’t he?
It all ended June 6th, 2011, when he admitted there was no hacker and that he had tweeted lewd photos of himself to six women.
He said he lied “because I was ashamed and did not want to get caught. It was a dumb thing to do to tell lies about it because it just led to other lies.”
Campaign funds are supposed to be used only for matters related to the candidate’s campaign or official business, but the law is vague enough that it’s difficult to say whether Weiner’s use of the money for a fake “investigation” would be considered improper.
It turns out he didn’t really quit…and another sexting spree with a woman he met on the Internet was underway a year after leaving Congress.
This was at the same time he was doing PR about being a changed man.
His political comeback is dead.
As it should be.