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Cuomo Received Donation From a Foreign National

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.

Read more at the Buffalo News

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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