Federal prosecutors opened their case against Rep. Jay C. Kim's former campaign treasurer Wednesday, charging that he brazenly flouted election laws by accepting and concealing illegal contributions in a frantic attempt to raise cash as his boss was coming under scrutiny.
The trial of Seokuk Ma, once Kim's top finance aide, "is a case about concealment and cover-up of illegal campaign contributions," Assistant U.S. Atty. Richard Drooyan told jurors. "He knew that corporations could not contribute to candidates in federal elections. . . He knew that individuals could not contribute more than a nominal amount of cash to candidates in federal elections."