The campaign for re-election that Mayor William Lantigua recently announced will be run by a political committee dogged by blunders over the last year and facing ongoing investigations into financial irregularities dating back to Lantigua's last campaign for the statehouse in 2008.
The troubles for Lantigua and his campaign organization mounted through 2012, beginning on Jan. 23, when state election officials concluded that Lantigua and four top campaign aides violated nine key campaign finance laws over four years.
Among them, the Office of Campaign and Political Finance said Lantigua, his committee and the aides accepted contributions solicited on the job by public employees, inaccurately reported contributions and accepted contributions in cash, from corporations and beyond the $500-a-year annual limit for individuals.
Also pending against Lantigua is a request for a second investigation OCPF Director Michael Sullivan sent to Coakley in June, asking her to take "the strongest possible action" against the mayor and a handful of other elected officials for their failures to file forms disclosing fund-raising and spending by their campaign organizations in 2011. The form was due Jan. 20, 2012, and were not filed by yesterday, making them by now 50 weeks overdue.
From the day he took office, this POS has been running a continuing criminal enterprise (legal disclaimer - this is a statement of opinion for libel purposes), and Martha Coakley's office is AWOL.