Federal investigators are probing whether a crooked fundraiser helped Rep. Michael Grimm raise illegal funds in 2010 in exchange for the candidate’s promise to help him obtain a green card.
The New York Republican enlisted a well-connected Israeli citizen, Ofer Biton, during his 2010 campaign. Mr. Biton allegedly helped then-candidate Grimm solicit large sums from donors, including several businessmen involved in the pornography industry, frequently breaking campaign contribution limits in the process, all in the hope that — once in office — Rep. Grimm would help him procure a green card.
Rep. Grimm also violated House rules by including footage from floor proceedings in a fundraising e-mail to promote his reelection campaign.
- Two-term member of Congress representing New York’s 11th district
- Under investigation by the FBI, the House Ethics Committee, and possibly the Federal Election Commission for running an illegal fundraising ring during his 2010 campaign
- Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt in 2011 and 2012
- One of four members from New York named in CREW’s Most Corrupt