When running any sort of political campaign, a fundraiser can be your best friend or your worst enemy (in this sense, we mean 'fundraiser' in the actual person sense, not a fundraising event). They can provide bankrolls or bad publicity; the latter remains as every candidate's nightmare. And, as of this morning, we can weave a grand ol' tale of that happing in our own backyard.
Michael Grimm is a young Republican star in Congress, representing both Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He has served in the Army, ran undercover in the FBI, opened his own health food restaurant in Manhattan and done a whole bunch of other cool stuff that can all be found on his website's 'About Me' page
. On the Hill, he co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus and has sworn to repeal Obamacare.
Whelp, now that we've gotten his background out of the way, we can move on to the bigger story at hand here. Yesterday
, one of Grimm's biggest fundraisers, a Mr. Ofer Bilton, was arraigned on charges of immigration fraud in Brooklyn. Bilton, an Israeli businessman, is being accused of lying up a storm two years ago whilst filling out visa applications for foreign investors.
And, as any corruption story goes, Bilton happened to be a pretty close ally to Grimm.More »