Carol Moseley Braun Calls for U.S. Attorney to Investigate Emanuel Campaign Tactics
February 20, 2011
Honorable Patrick J. Fitzgerald United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division 219 South Dearborn Street, 5th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60604
Re: Shakman et. al. v. Democratic Organization of Cook County et. al.
Case No. 69 C 2145 (United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)
Dear United States Attorney Fitzgerald:
Recent media stories, copies of which I may provide immediately to you upon request, allege that (1) the confidential personnel records of employees ofthe City of Chicago, Illinois were provided to Mr. Rahm I. Emanuel, a candidate for election as Mayor of the City of Chicago, or to Mr. Emanuel's staff, for use in Mr. Emanuel's aforementioned campaign for Mayor; (2) the information provided thereby was used to send a political letter from Mr. Emanuel to said municipal employees seeking support from those employees in the forthcoming municipal election to be held Tuesday, February 22,2011 and (3) access to secured areas of O'Hare Airport was afforded this candidate by supervisory airport personnel to offer food and beverages to municipal employees while discharging their official duties as employees ofthe City of Chicago.
Such allegations give rise to reasonable inferences that (1) the anti-electioneering provisions of the consent decree in the captioned Shakman case were violated; (2) airport ethics rules were violated by the offerings of food and beverages and (3) City of Chicago and federal security regulations were violated by providing access to supposedly "secure" areas ofthe airport to this candidate; and in each case, voter intimidation and/or coercion may have occurred under the color ofofficial sanction. Such violations as may have violated privacy rights of workers, or security mandates at the airport, meet the requisite standard for federal jurisdiction. As such I call upon you and your good offices to investigate these apparent violations of law and prosecute same.
As a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District, as a former member ofthe United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, as an attorney-at-law oflong standing, and most importantly as a citizen, I am concerned deeply that (1) the laws be executed faithfully and (2) there be no (a) actual impropriety or (b) appearance of impropriety in the forthcoming municipal election. I await your earliest response.
Very Truly Yours,
Carol Moseley Braun