Skip to comments.Top Dem fund-raiser charged with trying to block federal probe (McGreevey Sleaze Alert #999)
Posted on 07/13/2004 11:44:17 AM PDT by Gaetano
Top Dem fund-raiser charged with trying to block federal probe The Associated Press 7/13/2004, 12:40 p.m. ET NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Federal prosecutors have charged Gov. James E. McGreevey's top fund-raiser with hiring a prostitute to try to thwart a federal probe, authorities said Tuesday. Real estate developer Charles Kushner hired a New York City call girl to have sex with a witness in the investigation, had the sex act videotaped and sent the witness' wife a copy of the tape, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said. Kushner, 50, of Livingston, is charged with conspiracy, obstructing a federal investigation and promoting interstate prostitution, Christie said. Kushner was under criminal investigation for possible tax fraud and illegal campaign contributions, said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Last month, Kushner was fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Law Enforcement Commission for contributing money to political candidates in the names of his companies without authority to do so. Christie scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference to discuss the charges. Kushner was scheduled to appear in court at 3:30 p.m. Since his first gubernatorial campaign in 1997, McGreevey has received at least $369,050 from Kushner, family members and employees of his Florham Park-based firm. These funds account for nearly 5 percent of the $7.9 million in donations McGreevey has raised in the last decade. Kushner's firm, The Kushner Companies, worth $1 billion, owns or manages 20,000 apartments in New Jersey and several other states, builds 500 to 1,000 new homes a year and has commercial properties in New York, Newark, Jersey City, Plainsboro, Hoboken and several other localities. In February 2003, Kushner withdrew as McGreevey's nominee to head the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. At the time, Kushner was the target of lawsuits contending he improperly used business funds for personal and political purposes. Kushner denied any wrongdoing and McGreevey refused to back away from the appointment despite months of questions about the nominee's background and campaign donations. McGreevey's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment. A call to Kushner's office seeking comment was not immediately returned.
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Kushner is as dirty as they get.
Only in F*ng NJ....
If he goes to prison, he won't have to pay the new "Millionaire's Tax" that McGreevey signed into law for the state of New Jersey a couple of weeks ago.
And McGreevy is as dirty as they get. I have some experience with the NJ mob - i.e. democrat party. They play dirty and rough. Threatening and blackmailing people is par for the course. I know of three such cases in my locale alone. Just as an example, a mother of four in our town was going to run for town council for the repubs. Her husband who is a public employee gets a visit from his boss / dem leader who tells him they need that seat, they will make stuff up about his wife if they have to, and he finds his hours cut shortly thereafter. She doesn't run. It's very dirty and McGreevy is in with the worst. Let's hope he is indicted soon.
Wonderful display of DemocRATic family values.
Maybe Christie can file a RICO case against the NJ Dems on account of them being an "ongoing criminal enterprise."
I have also seen some dirty tricks from a certain fund raiser from Perth Amboy.
Are these people even more stupid than they are corrupt? If you're going to blackmail a witness, you show him the tape and then threaten to send it to his wife. If you actually send it, all you do is piss the witness off.
Pencil Kushner in as a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
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