Monday, October 30, 2006

Amos Williams Accepts Campaign Contribution From Nationally-Accused Internet Sexual Predator

Lansing, MI-- Ken Gourlay, the Nation’s most notorious accused internet predator, contributed a check to the campaign of Democratic Attorney General nominee Amos Williams, Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis disclosed today.

“I am astonished that anyone running for Attorney General accepted money from someone who has been the topic of a congressional hearing, a segment on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show," “Larry King Live," numerous national network news stories, and the subject of front page New York Times stories," Anuzis said. "This goes beyond astonishing; it's outrageous," Anuzis said. "I expect a candidate, particularly one running for the job of Michigan's Top Cop, to pay attention to who is funding his campaign. This campaign contribution ought to have been red-flagged and returned immediately."

Records on file with the Michigan Secretary of State indicate that Ken Gourlay wrote a check for $100 to the campaign of Amos Williams for Attorney General.

"It's bad enough that Williams makes his living by suing police officers and police departments. But running his campaign by accepting a campaign contribution from someone charged with multiple felonies and numerous criminal sexual conduct counts is a new low. How can he talk about fighting internet crime when he is completely unaware of what is going on in the fight against internet predators?”

Gourlay, 28, has been charged in Wayne and Washtenaw counties with 2 separate cases and separate victims involving criminal sexual conduct. In Wayne County, Gourlay is charged with 20 counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in connection with his alleged assault of a 14-year old boy for a period of several months in 2005. In August, a Washtenaw County judge bound Gourlay over to stand trial on 10 felony counts including the manufacture and distribution of child pornography and criminal sexual conduct in connection with Gourlay's alleged exploitation of Justin Berry that was chronicled in the New York Times in December of 2005. Berry subsequently testified before Congress in April of this year about his alleged exploitation by Ken Gourlay.

"I call upon Amos Williams to return this contribution immediately. I also call on Amos Williams to identify any other internet predators or pedophiles who have contributed to his campaign. And if Amos Williams fails to do so, I call upon the Governor, and former Attorney General, Jennifer Granholm to denounce this action. But frankly, the damage is done," Anuzis concluded.

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