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March 27, 2008

Governor of Puerto Rico Indicted on 19 Counts of Fund-Raising Illegalities

Guess That Party? Well, sort of... CNN cops to his party, which they seem to do because he's not technically a member of the Democratic Party.

ov. Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged Thursday with 19 counts in a campaign finance probe, including conspiracy to violate U.S. federal campaign laws and giving false testimony to the FBI.

The indictment also charged 12 others associated with Acevedo's Popular Democratic Party as a result of a two-year grand jury investigation, acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said.

The 13 are accused of conspiring to raise money illegally to pay off Acevedo's campaign debts from his 2000 campaign to be the U.S. island territory's nonvoting member of Congress.

Acevedo, who is running for re-election as governor, will not be arrested, Rodriguez said. But at least five others named in the indictment were led in handcuffs early Thursday into the U.S. federal building in San Juan.

"The governor will be permitted to turn himself in deference to his position," she said.

To be fair, Wikipedia doesn't seem to note any actual formal connection with the actual US Democratic Party. But it seems like they're copacetic in terms of economic populism/socialism -- it's a liberal party. There seem to be three main parties in Puerto Rico, so it may be that two of them are actually Democratically/liberally aligned.

Isn't it funny that CNN can finally identify the party of a Democrat when he's not actually a Democrat?

Thanks to genghis, who I know as Jenjis.


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