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 obtain a green card.
The New York Republican enlisted a well-connected Israeli citizen, Ofer Biton, during his 2010 campaign. Mr. Biton allegedly helped candidate Grimm solicit large sums from donors, including several pornography distributors, 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 violated House rules by including footage from floor proceedings in a fundraising e-mail to promote his reelection campaign.
- First-term member of Congress from New York’s 13th district
- Under investigation by FBI and possibly the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Federal Election Commission for running an illegal fundraising ring during his 2010 campaign
- Previously named to CREW’s Most Corrupt in 2011
- One of four members from New York named to CREW’s Most Corrupt