7 felony charges brought against Gary Husk & his Co.

In what appears to be another ominous kink in a once sunny career, lawyer/lobbyist Gary Husk was charged with eight felonies Thursday. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced the unsealing of an indictment of Gary Husk and his company Husk Partners, Inc. for Conspiracy to Make Prohibited Political Contributions and seven counts of Prohibited Contributions — making illicit contributions in the name of another person.  The 9-page indictment can be read here.

Once the contributions were made, the employees were reimbursed by Husk Partners, Inc. or Gary Husk directly, often coding the reimbursements under the firm’s account as an “office expense.” Contributions made by Husk Partners Inc. employees included several state and local campaigns. There is no indication any of the campaigns that received donations were aware of the improprieties.

This latest legal entanglement is in addition to previous accusations of Husk instigating the same type of unlawful scheme on behalf of the Fiesta Bowl, his then-client. Employees of the bowl were repaid for making campaign contributions to local, state and federal candidates. That investigation is ongoing.

This 2011 Above the Law article by Natasha Lydon fills in the gaps of the Fiesta Bowl investigation and its connection to the seemingly omnipresent Grant Woods, a long time McCain ally and his former Chief of Staff. Lydon wrote the Fiesta Bowl commissioned an initial investigation in early 2009 after rumors of campaign contribution improprieties first surfaced. This investigation was conducted by Grant Woods, a former Arizona Attorney General, who offered the Fiesta Bowl the oral conclusion that he had found “no credible evidence” of wrongdoing.

As it turns out, Grant Woods was recommended for the job by Gary Husk, then an attorney on the Fiesta Bowl payroll. It was alleged that Husk pre-interviewed Fiesta Bowl employees about reimbursements for campaign contributions and only allowed those who said there were no reimbursements to be formally interviewed by Woods. It was further alleged that the initial investigators altered and manipulated evidence before turning it over to the state for use in the official investigation. Woods was paid $55,000 for his investigative services. He gave $20,000 of this his friend Husk. Whether the attorneys will be subject to sanctions for improper fee splitting and other misconduct remains to be seen, Lydon wrote at the time

In March 2011, Seeing Red AZ wrote AZ’s Fiesta Bowl scandal: Grant Woods merits his own “woody award,“  which plumps out the background even more.

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15 Responses to 7 felony charges brought against Gary Husk & his Co.

  1. Seen It All says:

    The Grant Woods connection is telling. Woods, Gary Husk and John Junker are all peas in the same unsavory pod.

  2. eubykdisop says:

    All I have to say is, ‘ya gotta love Tom Horne, LOL! What’s the best part? The charges are against ONE person, Gary Husk, BUT Horne knows that if he has an airtight case against Husk, Gary will sing like a bird for a plea bargain… and the dominoes will fall, one after the other! I wouldn’t want to be Grant Woods! ;-)

    • LD 23 PC says:

      euby:
      I agree that AG Tom Horne is doing a great job. He did as state Superintendent of Public Instruction also. He actually showed leadership as opposed to John Huppenthal, the major disappointment we have in that role now. I’m ashamed to admit I voted for him last time. Won’t repeat that mistake! Arrogant Huppenthal even thought we wouldn’t notice if he changed the name of the Obama fed ed program “Common Core after parents protested it.

      I hope you’re right about lobbyist Husk doing a canary imitation. Watching RINO Woods wriggling would be a treat!! He claims to be a Republican but he endorsed Janet Napolitano’s pal liberal Felecia Rotellini during the last AG’s race.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Hi, LD 23 PC! :-)

        Hey, don’t beat yourself up for a “bad” vote. Hindsight has 20/20 vision! Remember that we are dealing with a lot of candidates who are consciously trying to deceive us! We all get caught from time to time. Then, of course, there are those candidates who get flipped.

        Yeah, Horne is using good prosecutorial strategy. Focus on one point, the weakest link in the chain, the place where you can make the strongest possible case, and create a situation where there is a lot to lose for that person. As the SRAZ article states, Husk is looking at 7, count ‘em, 7 felony charges! His only hope of escaping a long time in the lockup, even if most of the felony charges are dismissed, is to rat out the other players. The more and the bigger the players he rats out, the better the deal he can cut! With these folks it’s “every man for himself” when it comes to doing time. “There is no honor among thieves!”

  3. Sally Forth says:

    These are people who all think they are so superior that they are above the law that the rest of us abide by. Husk keeps returning to the same trough. It would seem he’d have learned something from the Fiesta Bowl episode.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Husk may not have learned anything from the Fiesta Bowl… yet! But Tom Horne, having been Superintendent of Public Instruction, may be about to “instruct” Husk, LOL! ;-)

  4. eubykdisop says:

    OFF TOPIC:

    Well, Folks, here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for with great anticipation:

    “Boehner waves white flag of surrender”

    “House GOP says it’s ready to end shutdown”

    “House Republicans were in a holding pattern Friday, awaiting a response from the Obama administration to a proposal to lift the debt ceiling, end the government shutdown and set up six weeks of budget talks.”

    “In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, the proposal includes an easing of the across-the-board spending cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replacing them with curbs in benefit programs that Obama himself has backed, according to the Associated Press.”

    “Among them is a plan to raise the cost of Medicare for better-off beneficiaries.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/boehner-waves-white-flag-of-surrender/?cat_orig=us

    Golly gee whiz! What a surprise, LOL! Let’s summarize the details:

    1 – End the shutdown.
    2 – INCREASE the debt limit.
    3 – “EASE” across-the-board spending cuts which BEGAN taking effect a year ago.
    4 – Implementing “curbs” on “benefit programs”, something Obama has wanted.
    5 – Raise the cost of Medicare for “better-off” citizens. (redistribution of wealth!)

    So while all of the ways in which illegal aliens manage to get benefits paid for by U. S. taxpayer citizens will remain in effect, seniors who are U. S. citizens will have to pay more for health care if they have more money than Obama thinks they should have! With Commies like Obama, everyone is equal. It’s just that some people are MORE equal than others!

    Now let’s have a round of applause for our fearless “republican” Speaker of the House, the Honorable John Andrew Boehner!

    • Vince says:

      Boehner’s not worth a plug nickel! Waving the white flag at the liberals ultimately puts this nation and her citizens at further risk. This is a lose, lose…..

    • Realist says:

      Look into Boehner’s eyes. He’s obviously a practicing alcoholic and beginning to show early signs of wet brain.

      • Orion says:

        Interesting observation, Realist. I’ve thought the exact same thing. At least bawling Boehner hasn’t broken down in boozy tears again. I could gag whenever we’re subjected to that display by a man who is supposed to exemplify leadership and instill confidence.

      • Doc says:

        EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES! boehner’s a COWARD.I’ve called my rep, gosar & made th’ staffer’s ear bleed informing him that I want my “congressman” to DO SOMETHING!!!

      • Night Owl says:

        Doc,
        I’m sure you know the state staffers rarely if ever see the members of congress. The phone lines allow us to vent, but nothing changes. We are being screwed over and lied to at every turn. I’m grateful that SRAZ, a solid conservative site, rails against the lies we are told by our own elected officials who run as Republicans and govern as liberals. We all feel our blood pressure rising and our mounting frustration turning to anger. I’m beyond being able to stand any of them. In their districts they say what they think we want to hear, but back in DC, they are go-along to get-alongers.Our two RINO senators are the worst of the lot. I will not contribute to or work for anyone in DC, since they don’t represent me. The Illegals they all love so much can take up my slack. I’m done.

      • eubykdisop says:

        “NBC/WSJ poll: 60 percent say fire every member of Congress”

        “Throw the bums out.”

        “That’s the message 60 percent of Americans are sending to Washington in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, saying if they had the chance to vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative, they would. Just 35 percent say they would not.”

        “The 60 percent figure is the highest-ever in that question recorded in the poll…”

        “The numbers reflect a broader trend over the last few years. Americans have traditionally said that while they might not like Congress, they usually like their own representatives. But that sentiment appears to have shifted.”

        “The number of Americans who say they want to fire everyone is fairly consistent among most groups – at around 60 percent – but it spikes among rural voters (70 percent), white independents (70 percent) and those in Republican-held congressional districts (67 percent).”

        “In another sign of dissatisfaction with the state of politics, 47 percent of Americans said they do not strongly identify with either party.”

        http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20903531-nbcwsj-poll-60-percent-say-fire-every-member-of-congress?lite

  5. LEO IN TSN says:

    RINO BOEHNER: This is the pattern he has used for five years now. Send a Republican bill to the Senate that Whorehouse Harry Reid refuses and sends back. Boehner then negotiates with himself to weaken the bill and sends it back. Same thing three or four times, then the spineless “R’s” cave and give Obamao everything he wants. Boehner crows about how he drove a hard bargain, and we and our kids and grandkids lose.

    There is an effort underway to mount a primary challenge against RINO Boehner in his home district in 2014; let US all support his challenger, with affection and with money.

    GARY HUSK: Is this a trail of dots? Husk works for oft-indicted Mary Rose Wilcox and other iniquitous political hacks. Husk is defended by Rick Romley, who Mary Rose appointed as interim County Attorney in order to get all of the criminal cases against her and her friends dismissed. And Husk and Romley work with Grant Woods, who works for McAmnesty and Gov. Obrewer and various other dimocrat political figures. And they are all loved by the AZ GOP State Chair?

    I’m puzzled – is this what AZ GOP politics is supposed to be about, Mr. McGraham?

    God bless America.

    • Sgt. Preston says:

      You’ve done a fine job of connecting the dots between Gary Husk, Grant Woods, lawyer Romley, Mary Rose Buttocks, Gov. Brewer and the rest of the unsavory RINOs. Woods is a McCain clone who has threatened but never carried out his plan to reregister as the Democrat he is. It would be one of the few honorable things he‘s ever done. Woods is connected at the hip to Husk. Who will squeal first? And Robert Graham? He’s up to his neck in McMuck, but won’t go against the establishment under any circumstances.

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