Skip to comments.Feds pursuing more lawyers, campaign violation links in Rothstein Ponzi case (Rudy McRomney alert)
Posted on 12/20/2009 6:34:49 AM PST by rabscuttle385
Federal investigators are scrutinizing the records of Scott Rothstein's former employees -- who gave about $2.2 million to political candidates -- for potential campaign finance and other violations.
BY JAY WEAVER, AMY SHERMAN, & MARC CAPUTO
Lawyer Steven Lippman and his homemaker wife, Marcy, hadn't donated much to politicians before 2006 -- just $500 to former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat. But their generosity exploded after Lippman joined Scott Rothstein's law firm in Fort Lauderdale.
Over the next four years, the Plantation couple contributed about $247,000 to Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign for the U.S. Senate, the McCain-Palin presidential ticket and other politicians. The GOP redistributed some of the Lippmans' donations to Republican political committees in 2008 battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado.
Lippmann is among 30 lawyers in Rothstein's now-defunct firm -- along with 15 other employees, spouses and relatives -- who made about $2.2 million in state and federal campaign contributions as Rothstein executed his Ponzi scheme from 2005 to 2009, public records show.
Nearly 40 percent of that money went to the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign, which then passed along some of it to GOP political committees around the nation.
The largest chunk of contributions, about $1.2 million, came from Rothstein and his wife, Kimberly, who held fundraisers for McCain, Crist and other politicians at their waterfront home.
Partner Stuart Rosenfeldt, who owned the law firm with Rothstein, and wife, Susanne, donated about $306,000 -- to McCain, Crist, Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater and others.
The third named partner, Russell Adler, and wife, Katie, gave about $185,000 to state and federal politicians. Among them: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for his presidential bid and later McCain, when he became the Republican nominee for the White House.
(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...
Keating Five! Keating Five! Keating Five
The “RINO EIGHT”
cfr? Shouldn’t this be Fred Thompson alert?
Thanks. I just cannot place this rich fat cat....
I didn’t see Romney or Thompson’s names in the article.