John Liu says he’s not the only one who’s embattled

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Briefing: Liu. (museum of chinese in america, via flickr)
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John Liu, who has embraced the title "embattled comptroller" as a means of mocking it,  has raised more than $500,000 in six months, from more than two thousand contributors, and spent $345,000 during that same period.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Liu touts his fund-raising team and says he gets encouragement wherever he goes in the city.

Liu's former campaign treasurer and one fund-raiser are facing federal charges of skirting campaign donation limits and lying about the source of about $16,000 in donations.

That investigation led some of his fellow Democrats (to say nothing of those of us in the media who affixed him with that "embattled" label) to discount Liu's mayoral prospects, referring to the Democratic primary as a three-way race between Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller Bill Thompson. 

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But Liu seems determined at least to prove that he won't be forced to withdraw by his circumstances, and suggested to the Journal that other candidates are facing problems similar to his: "There are other investigations concerning my possible rivals that are, as far as anybody can tell, ongoing because the government has never said 'We're finished.'"

Liu later said he was referring to Quinn's handling of a Council slush-fund scandal, which came to light under her watch but started years earlier.

The Post reported earlier that a federal investigation into the slush fund ended and that Quinn was cleared.

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"I'm very proud of the way we've conducted our campaign and fundraising." — John Liu

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