Watchdog Files FEC Complaint Against Rep. Meeks for Stanford Fundraiser

Meeks photoOn October 28, NLPC filed a formal Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), his campaign, and his “leadership” political action committee called Build America PAC.

The Complaint alleges that Stanford Financial Group made illegal, in-kind contributions to Meeks’ campaign for a 2008 fundraiser in the Virgin Islands. The event was hosted by R. Allen Stanford, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for charges related to his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.

The Complaint also alleges that Meeks appears to have disguised a personal gambling junket to Las Vegas as a leadership PAC fundraiser. In December 2010, Build America PAC paid expenses for an event at the ARIA Resort and Casino, but disclosed no contributions from the event.

The Complaint also asks the FEC to investigate a voided $5,000 check from Build America PAC to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). The check was voided on January 3, 2011 but appears to have been written in 2002, 2003 or 2004. Yesterday, the DCCC told the New York Post that it has no record of the voided check.

On November 3, NLPC filed an amendment to the Complaint regarding another allegedly that Build America claims to have voided on January 3, 2011. The $2,000 check, dated October 4, 2007, was payable to the campaign of then-Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA). Jefferson has been sentenced to a 13-year prison term for bribery and other crimes.

Below is the document:





National Legal and Policy Center FEC complaint against Gregory Meeks

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