Sandler Reiff & Young partner Joseph Sandler was quoted in the August 15, 2009 New York Times article by David M. Halfbinger regarding conversations between Karl Rove and Christopher J. Christie, the Republican candidate for New Jersey governor. Democrats argue Rove and Christie violated federal law, while the two Republicans say their conversations were casual.
Joseph Sandler, a Washington lawyer who has advised Democrats on Hatch Act compliance, said asking about advisers was clearly “laying the groundwork.” A call to Mr. Rove, he added, was almost by definition impermissible. “Asking the top political professional in America who he should get educated with in contemplation of a candidacy — that’s not a casual conversation with friends at a cocktail party,” he said.
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