Via Buffalo News:
G. Steven Pigeon stood before a judge Monday for the third time in the last 10 months, this time to face a federal complaint that his controversial fundraising activities extended all the way to the 2014 re-election campaign of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
In a session before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer, a newly unsealed FBI complaint alleges the well-connected political operative conspired to solicit a $25,000 contribution to the Cuomo campaign from a Montreal-based internet gambling company for whom his Papi Holdings LLC earned $388,000 in lobbying fees from 2010 to 2015.
The federal complaint, based on emails seized from Pigeon’s waterfront condo during a 2015 raid, alleges he conspired to hide the true source of the foreign contribution while arranging it for a Manhattan event featuring the governor. He could face five years in jail if convicted.
“Pigeon sought and successfully helped … a $388,000 client,” acting U.S. Attorney J.P. Kennedy said during an afternoon press conference, “allowing them to interfere in a U.S. election by making a significant contribution.