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  • Ogundu Gets 1 to 3 Years in Prison; NLPC Exposed Earmarks to Fake NYC Health Clinic

    02/10/2016 10:35:37 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 10, 2016 | NLPC Staff
    New York physician Dorothy Ogundu has been sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for ripping off City, State and federal programs for a fake health clinic. The Nigerian-born Ogundu was convicted in October on 29 counts, including second-degree grand larceny, forgery in the second degree, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. The prosecution was based on information uncovered by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), and made public through a New York Post article in April 2012. The Ogundu exposé was a spinoff of our investigation of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who secured a...
  • Ex-NY State Senate Leader Malcolm Smith Gets Seven Years (Gregory Meeks associate)

    07/02/2015 8:48:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 2, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    Former New York Senator Malcolm Smith was yesterday sentenced to seven years in prison for bribery and related offenses. He was convicted in February. A former majority leader in the New York Senate, Smith was defeated for re-election in 2014. Smith is the latest associate of U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) headed to jail. Formal investigations of several New York politicians began in 2010 after the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) exposed corruption through stories in the New York Post, New York Times and New York Daily News. The first story, in the New York Post of January 31,...
  • 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    05/13/2015 11:32:22 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 29 minutes ago | Scott Higham, Steven Rich and Alice Crites
    Washington • The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference at Baku on the Caspian Sea in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Barack Obama appeared as speakers at the conference. Lawmakers and their staff members received hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of travel expenses, silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000, according to the ethics report. Airfare for the lawmakers and some of their spouses...
  • Meeks says Rauner Administration to implement Common Core curriculum

    01/13/2015 11:15:09 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 13, 2015
    CHICAGO - In one of his first public interviews since being picked by new Governor Bruce Rauner to be the state's new school superintendent, Rev. James Meeks told WLS 890 AM this morning that he intends to implement the Common Core curriculum in the state's schools. Meeks, a Democrat, headed the Illinois Senate Education Committee while he was a state senator serving his Chicago-based district. He continues to pastor the 15,000-member Salem Baptist Church and has become an advocate of school choice over the years. ...
  • Iran Says US Holding Secret Talks to Restore Diplomatic Ties

    11/09/2014 10:53:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 11/10/2014, 7:35 AM | Ari Yashar
    As the US and world powers approach a November 24 deadline on nuclear talks with Iran, governmental sources in the Islamic regime have reported that they are conducting secret talks with America about renewing diplomatic ties for the first time in 35 years. Iranian government advisers spoke to the British Times, and said secret talks with American officials have centered around the possibility of opening a US trade office in the Iranian capital of Tehran if a nuclear deal is reached. Those talks are to continue this week, and according to the officials will take place in the Azerbaijani capital...
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...
  • What Is The U.S. Doing At Chavez's Funeral?

    03/11/2013 1:52:31 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 52 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8 March 2013 | Editorial
    Amateur Diplomacy: Somebody explain to us why an official U.S. delegation was sent to Caracas for the funeral of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. It only boosts our enemies while diminishing America. The death of Chavez this week should have been an opportunity for the U.S. to rally global support for Venezuela's battered democrats and make a stand for democracy. Instead, the Obama administration has done all it can to validate and bolster Chavez's gangsterly minions desperate to perpetrate their Marxist kleptocracy. Already these surviving Chavistas have made clear who they are and what the U.S. can expect: President Obama called...
  • Ethics Committee Can't Find Anything Wrong With Secret Loan From Fraudster to Rep. Gregory Meeks

    12/20/2012 3:15:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 20, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    Today the House Ethics Committee announced that it was taking no action against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) who secretly took a $40,000 payment from an individual who subsequently pled guilty in a multi-million-dollar mortgage scam. In 2007, Meeks received $40,000 from a "businessman," Edul Ahmad. Under the Ethics in Government Act, Congressmen are required to disclose such financial transactions on their annual Financial Disclosure Reports. Meeks failed to disclose the transaction on his reports for 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the New York Daily News reported, "Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a...
  • Rep. Meeks Threatens to 'Go After' NLPC

    01/30/2012 11:35:31 AM PST · by jazusamo
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 30, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    In a recent interview with the "City and State" website, which covers New York politics, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said that he wants "to go after" our not-for-profit status. The threat was part of a more general attack on the New York Post, which has published a series of articles based on information we have provided. We have also provided information to the New York Times and New York Daily News . All the headlines have led to a House Ethics Committee investigation, and reportedly, a grand jury investigation of Meeks' finances. We are not exactly quaking in our...
  • NLPC Asks Feds to Investigate Meeks' House Sale

    01/10/2012 11:48:52 AM PST · by jazusamo
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 10, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    NLPC has asked federal prosecutors to investigate the sale of a home by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), alleging that it was sold at an inflated price and that the purported buyers could not have qualified for a mortgage. The 2006 transaction was handled by an attorney named Alexander Kaplan, who was subsequently convicted of 18 counts of mortgage fraud and is currently serving a 46-month prison sentence. The sale of the home at 660 Grassmere Terrace in Far Rockaway, New York appears to have allowed Meeks to purchase his present Queens home in late 2006 that New York City...
  • House dismisses Meeks loan probe Ethics Committee sees no violation but will look into another...

    11/17/2011 9:49:44 AM PST · by jazusamo
    Times Ledger ^ | November 17, 2011 | Howard Koplowitz
    Complete title: House dismisses Meeks loan probe Ethics Committee sees no violation but will look into another $40,000 borrowingThe U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said it will not look into a nearly $60,000 home equity loan received in 2010 by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) after the Office of Congressional Ethics determined there was no reason to believe the congressman violated House rules. But the committee said it will pursue a claim Meeks failed to disclose a $40,000 personal loan in 2007 from Richmond Hill developer Edul Ahmad in a timely manner. “Several months ago, the House Ethics Committee dismissed...
  • Watchdog Files FEC Complaint Against Rep. Meeks for Stanford Fundraiser

    11/03/2011 11:54:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 3, 2011 | Ken Boehm
    On October 28, NLPC filed a formal Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), his campaign, and his "leadership" political action committee called Build America PAC. The Complaint alleges that Stanford Financial Group made illegal, in-kind contributions to Meeks' campaign for a 2008 fundraiser in the Virgin Islands. The event was hosted by R. Allen Stanford, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for charges related to his multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. The Complaint also alleges that Meeks appears to have disguised a personal gambling junket to Las Vegas as a leadership PAC fundraiser. In...
  • Probers eye Meeks rap over 40G 'loan'

    08/06/2011 10:27:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2011 | Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON -- A House ethics probe of Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks is focusing on possible criminal charges for his failure to report a $40,000 payment from a businessman that investigators say appears to have been an illegal gift -- and not a loan, as he has claimed. The bipartisan Ethics Committee yesterday announced it would investigate Meeks over the $40,000 he was given by businessman Ed Ahmad in 2007, and it released an investigator's report that blasted Meeks for being uncooperative with the probe. The investigation will try to determine whether Meeks "failed to disclose a payment he received in...
  • Meeks' Crony Ahmad Busted by FBI

    07/25/2011 12:56:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 25, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    On Friday, the FBI arrested Ed Ahmad, the Guyanese businessman who made an unsecured $40,000 loan to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) that Meeks failed to publicly disclose as required. Ahmad was charged with mortgage fraud in connection to a wide-ranging scheme that involved faking income for applicants and the use of straw buyers. He was reportedly released on $2.5 million bail.According to one report, "Ahmad had already boarded Delta 383 at JFK International to head to Guyana when Federal agents boarded the aircraft, handcuffed him and removed him from the aircraft." As first reported in the New York Daily News,...
  • House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Gregory Meeks

    07/05/2011 10:44:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 5, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced that it would "extend" a previously unacknowledged review of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY).In January 2010, we exposed Meeks involvement in a charity called New Direction Local Development Corporation that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it, among other questionable dealings. In March 2010, we asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Meeks for paying $830,000 for a newly built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million. Click here to download a 26-page pdf of the Complaint.Media coverage of these controversies reportedly prompted an FBI investigation of...
  • Meekly probing Meeks

    02/20/2011 11:07:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 20, 2011 | Editorial
    Looks like Rep. Gregory Meeks is running on a new campaign slogan: Viva Las Vegas!As The Post’s Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein reported last Sunday, the Queens Democrat spends an awful lot of time in the gambling city, ostensibly raising funds for his political action committee.Problem is, he has precious little to show for these outings.In fact, Meeks spent more than $8,000 late last year on hotels and food in Sin City — plus another $17,000 on fund-raising “consultants” — but didn’t report taking in a single penny.Worse still, he isn’t very forthcoming about the trips on his official...
  • Why Won't Rep. Meeks Talk About Vegas Trip?

    02/13/2011 10:55:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | February 13, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
      Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) held what looks like a fundraiser in Las Vegas but he reported no donations from the event. Talk about a bad bet. According to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in today's New York Post: Meeks purported to hold a fund-raiser in Sin City for his Build America Political Action Committee, but his office refused to say when it took place or who attended. The financial disclosures for the Queens Democrat were similarly vague.The latest disclosure for the PAC -- covering Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, 2010 -- shows the group spent $8,063 at the...
  • Meeks says minority contracts should only go to blacks

    12/19/2010 5:55:03 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 69 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Dec. 17, 2010 | Fran Spielman
    “The word ‘minority’ from our standpoint should mean African American. I don’t think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title,” he said. “That’s why our numbers cannot improve — because we use women, Asians and Hispanics who are not people of color, who are not people who have been discriminated against.” Hours after making those remarks, Meeks back-tracked by saying he would only exclude white women if elected mayor. The set-aside program currently earmarks 25 percent of all city contracts for minorities and 5 percent for companies owned by women. “I don’t believe white women should...
  • James Meeks Tries to 'Clarify' Comments on Women, Hispanics and Asians Not Being 'Minorities'

    12/16/2010 3:25:12 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Foxnews Chicago ^ | 12-15-10 | Mike Flannery, FOX Chicago News
    Chicago - On Wednesday, Chicago mayoral candidate James Meeks said that only African-Americans should be able to participate in affirmative action programs-- and that Hispanics, Asians, and women should be excluded.
  • Meeks' $325/month office a suite fantasy

    12/12/2010 2:53:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 12, 2010 | Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein
    Rep. Gregory Meeks' Build America Political Action Committee pays $325 in monthly rent for a phantom Queens office. The organization says it is based in "Suite 535" at 153-01 Jamaica Ave., but there is no such office in that building, which houses Meeks' district office and his campaign committee. And the building's manager said it had no record of the Build America PAC as a tenant. The questionable spending is one of several inconsistencies in the PAC's records, a Post review found. The organization's legal fees jumped this year after Meeks became the target of a federal investigation. Lawmakers are...
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks Failed to Report Gambling Winnings

    12/03/2010 11:01:50 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 3, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
      Benjamin Lesser of the New York Daily News reports today that Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) on November 17 amended his 2008 financial disclosure forms to show $3,500 in "gambling winnings." This disclosure, late by two years, raises more questions than it answers. According to the Daily News: The amendment does not say how Meeks won the money, where he was gambling or how much he bet. It merely says: "In 2008, I had gambling winnings of approximately $3,500." This is the second time that Meeks has amended his disclosure forms. In June, he reported that he was the...
  • A Merciful But Dopey End

    11/01/2010 5:45:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 10 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 11/1/2010 | Larry Thornberry
    TAMPA -- Heading into the weekend before the election, Floridians thought the three-way race for a U.S. Senate seat here could not become stranger without one of the candidates checking into a hospital before Tuesday for a sex-change operation, or another dropping out to attend seminary. Wrong. On Thursday evening, bulletins started coming out of Washington, beginning with a report in Politico that former President Billy Bob Clinton had tried to talk Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek, who trails Republican Marco Rubio and free-agent Charlie Crist badly, into dropping out of the race in order to give the liberal Crist a...
  • Meeks Says He's Staying in Race (This just in)

    10/28/2010 7:51:31 PM PDT · by catnipman · 58 replies
    Sun Sentinal ^ | 10/28/2010 | Russell Small
    Broward Politics Meek says he's staying in Senate race By Russell Small October 28, 2010 10:17 PM Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek denied reports by the Washington, D.C., political website Politico that former President Bill Clinton tried to convince him to drop out of the race and endorse independent Charlie Crist. “President Clinton did not ask me to drop out of the race,” Meek said at a hastily called press conference Thursday night at his campaign headquarters in Miami Gardens. “No one has called to ask me to drop out.”
  • Rumors of Meek's Drop Out Greatly Exaggerated

    10/08/2010 6:07:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Fri, Oct 8, 2010 | Todd Wright
    With just weeks before the election and Republican candidate Marco Rubio already finalizing plans to make it rain at his victory party, some had rumored out loud that the Democrats might consider dropping out of the race to give independent Charlie Crist a fighting chance at the U.S. Senate seat. Not gonna happen. Democrat candidate Kendrick Meek made it crystal clear that he is going nowhere, both in the polls and as far as leaving the Senate race is concerned. "I'm not going anywhere except the United States Senate," Meek released in a statement today. "Because if they want to...
  • Rep. Meeks Links to Jihadists Get Scrutiny

    09/24/2010 10:08:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 23, 2010 | Alana Goodman
      Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) lobbied against the federal investigation of a Muslim professor whose charity is suspected of funding Osama bin Laden, according to 2006 documents.The congressman appealed to several federal agencies on behalf of Islamic scholar Anwar Hajjaj, and complained that the terror-linked teacher dealt with "unwarranted scrutiny" when he returned through U.S. airports from trips to Middle Eastern countries.According to letters obtained by the New York Post, Meeks described Hajjaj as a "highly regarded" scholar who led Friday prayers on Capitol Hill. The congressman also called the professor "a pioneer in distance-based learning of Islam" at the...
  • Rep. Meeks helped 'jihad' flier--Queens Democrat: Ease JFK grill of Osama 'ally'

    09/19/2010 1:36:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 19, 2010 | Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein
    US Rep. Gregory Meeks scolded immigration officials for questioning a Muslim scholar whose nonprofits have been linked to financing terrorism. The Queens Democrat contacted federal agencies -- finally appealing to then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff -- asking why Anwar Hajjaj faced "unwarranted scrutiny" when he returned to the United States from trips abroad through JFK Airport. Meeks described Hajjaj as a "highly regarded" professor of Islamic studies who leads Friday Muslim prayers at the Capitol. Meeks said Hajjaj was "a pioneer in distance-based learning of Islam" through the American Open University in Virginia, according to a copy of the Sept....
  • Election 2010: Florida Senate [Rubio leading by 5%, if Meek is the Dem nominee!]

    08/11/2010 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 11 August 2010 | Scott Rasmussen
    The race for the U.S. Senate in Florida continues to be all about Governor Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, regardless of which Democrat they face. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Rubio with 38% of the vote and Crist at 33% if Congressman Kendrick Meek is the nominee. Meek earns 21%. Only one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. If billionaire Jeff Greene is the Democratic candidate, Crist gets 37% support to Rubio’s 36%, with Greene trailing at 20%. two percent (2%) like another...
  • New York Papers Scrutinize Meeks Loan Scandal Figure

    07/21/2010 1:51:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 21, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Edul Ahmad, the Guyanese-born businessman who made an unsecured $40,000 loan to Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), is today scrutinized by the New York Times and New York Post. Reporters started digging on Meeks after NLPC raised questions about the Queens congressman’s finances, beginning in January. According to the New York Times piece by Danny Hakim: The generous terms of the loan have raised questions about Mr. Ahmad and his political relationships. New details about Mr. Ahmad’s past emerged after The New York Times submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the New York Department of State, which investigates...
  • Senate Leader Did Legal Work for Broker With Ties to Loan Scandal (NYT on Meeks/Ahmad)

    07/21/2010 8:52:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 20, 2010 | Danny Hakim
    ALBANY — John L. Sampson, the State Senate leader, performed legal work for a Queens real estate broker who was being investigated by state authorities on allegations of fraud and predatory lending, and was disciplined for acting as a notary for the broker after his notary license had expired, according to state documents. The broker, Edul Ahmad, has been at the center of a loan scandal involving United States Representative Gregory W. Meeks of Queens, who this month admitted that he had failed to disclose a $40,000 loan from Mr. Ahmad on his federal filings. The loan appeared to...
  • ‘Struggling’ Businessman Gave Rep. Meeks $40K Loan (Guyana ties?)

    07/19/2010 10:25:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 19, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    At the same time that Guyanese-born businessman Edul Ahmad gave Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) an unsecured $40,000 personal loan, he was pleading poverty to state authorities who had suspended his real estate license, according to Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in yesterday’s New York Post. Meeks failed to report the 2007 loan on his annual financial disclosure report, that all member of Congress are required to file, until June of this year after the FBI reportedly started asking questions about the loan. Meeks has repeatedly referred to Ahmad as his “friend,” but when asked by the New York Post last...
  • CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against NY Rep. Gregory Meeks

    07/13/2010 9:15:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Financial Post ^ | July 13, 2010 | News Release
    Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), alleging he violated federal law and House rules by accepting $40,000 from a New York businessman and failing to include it on his personal financial disclosure reports (PFDs). CREW’s complaint is based on a series of articles by the New York Daily News reporting that Rep. Meeks received $40,000 from Ed Ahmad in 2007. Although Rep. Meeks now calls the money a loan, he received the funds without offering collateral, and without an interest rate,...
  • Meeks Defends Secret Loans, Blames NLPC for Controversy (Culture of corruption)

    07/12/2010 10:26:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 11, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    On Saturday, Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) made the following statement: Beginning at the height of the selection process for Aqueduct Racino development investors as I fought for local participation, and for the past several months, right-wing interest groups such as the National Legal and Policy Center and sensationalist media outlets have lodged unfounded attacks against me and other respectable members of the Queens community related to my family home and my involvement with New Direction Local Development Corporation.While speaking out against these baseless allegations, I felt it was important to confirm that I have been in full compliance with the...
  • Queens pol Gregory Meeks taps Democratic fund-raiser to help pay back $40,000 owed to businessman

    07/09/2010 8:51:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies · 2+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | July 9, 2010 | Benjamin Lesser & Robert Gearty
    Queens congressman Gregory Meeks appears to have turned to a major Democratic fund-raiser to help him settle a secret $40,000 loan after the FBI began probing the deal.Last month, Meeks borrowed $59,650 from a Westchester-based investment firm owned by Dennis Mehiel, a businessman and one-time candidate for New York lieutenant governor.Days later, he paid $59,000 to Ed Ahmad, a Queens businessman from whom he borrowed $40,000 in 2007. The additional cash was meant to cover interest Meeks said he owed on the first loan.Meeks originally borrowed the money from Ahmad in January 2007 to help cover the cost of...
  • FBI looks into secret $40,000 personal loan to Queens pol Gregory Meeks

    07/08/2010 8:13:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 8, 2010 | Greg B. Smith
    Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks made no payments for three years on a secret $40,000 personal loan - and repaid the cash only when the FBI started asking questions, the Daily News has learned.Meeks received a check for $40,000 from Queens businessman Ed Ahmad in January 2007 to finish paying off his new $830,000 home, two sources familiar with the matter said.There was no discussion about interest rates, due dates or collateral requirements for the loan, the sources said, and Meeks did not report it on his 2007 and 2008 financial disclosure forms.The congressman made no payments on the loan until...
  • What is Rep. Gregory Meeks Hiding?

    07/02/2010 10:22:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 2, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) is one of 31 House conferees appointed by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on the financial regulation bill. When he was named on June 9, Meeks claimed: As conferee I plan to make sure that by having a strong presence of financial oversight and accountability in this legislation U.S. consumers will have the necessary financial protection and be as financially informed as possible. But now Meeks is using “oversight” in a different context. You see, when he failed to disclose $55,000 in personal loans as required, he called it an “oversight.” This excuse sounded downright familiar to...
  • Meeks-Supported Bill Would Curb Watchdog

    07/01/2010 3:03:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Queens Tribune ^ | July 1, 2010 | Jessica Ablamsky
    A bill in Congress, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), would restrain the very ethics panel that may be charged with investigating an alleged sweetheart deal for Meeks' Jamaica home. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks is co-sponsoring a bill that would limit an ethics agency’s ability to publicize its investigations. In March, the National Legal and Policy Center issued a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics alleging that in 2006 Meeks got a sweetheart deal from the Dennis Organization for his newly-built mansion, paying $830,000 in October 2006 for a home that a year later was valued at $1.23...
  • Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks: $55G in undisclosed loans an 'oversight'

    06/21/2010 10:55:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Ny Daily News ^ | June 21, 2010 | Greg B. Smith
    Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks says his failure to disclose $55,000 in personal loans he obtained over the past three years is an "oversight."Sunday's Daily News revealed the Queens Democrat had failed to list on public financial disclosure statements a $40,000 "personal loan" he got in 2007 and one for $15,000 he got in 2008. In a statement to The News, he refused to describe what the loans were for, or their terms and conditions. He also was vague about why he suddenly confirmed the existence of the loans, saying only that he had personally ordered up a "careful and detailed review"...
  • Congressman Gregory Meeks failed to disclose hidden loans; Queens pol borrowed more then $50G

    06/20/2010 6:43:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 20, 2010 | Benjamin Lesser & Greg B. Smith
    Congressman Gregory Meeks has received tens of thousands of dollars in personal loans that he didn't report publicly, the Daily News has learned.Meeks (D-Queens) admitted to The News late Friday that in the past three years, he has obtained two loans totaling $55,000 that he did not reveal on the financial disclosure forms he's required to file with the U.S. House clerk.He says he obtained one loan with an initial principal of $40,000 in 2007 and says he since has paid it back. Meeks says he got a second personal loan in 2008 with an initial principal of $15,000...
  • 'Poor' Meeks lists big zero in assets (NY)

    06/19/2010 12:43:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 487+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 19, 2010 | S.A. Miller
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Gregory Meeks lives pretty large for someone without any assets -- at least that's what he claims on his latest financial disclosure. For the third year in a row, Meeks (D-Queens) reported no assets -- no retirement account, no investments, no savings -- on his annual financial disclosure to Congress. That's despite living in a posh house for which he spent $830,000 in 2006. At the time, it was valued at more than $1.2 million. Meeks, who is being probed by the feds over missing charity money and other possible wrongdoing, lives off his $174,000 congressional salary...
  • Charity begins at Meeks' home--Little accounting for $1.2M

    06/13/2010 9:01:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 474+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 13, 2010 | Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein
    A nonprofit founded by Rep. Gregory Meeks took in more than $1.2 million in taxpayer money over the past 15 years with little to no oversight as to how it was spent, The Post has found. Meeks funneled pork-barrel money to the Rockaway Peninsula Civic Association as a state assemblyman in the 1990s. He incorporated the charity, which was once based at his parents' house in Far Rockaway, in 1983. It is the second suspicious nonprofit linked to the Queens Democrat. The organization had grand plans for a comprehensive after-school program for "at risk" students, similar to the successful Jackie...
  • Meeks' ethics battle--Wants panel leashed (CBC)

    06/03/2010 9:27:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 274+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 3, 2010 | S.A. Miller
    WASHINGTON -- Embattled Rep. Gregory Meeks wants to muzzle the independent ethics watchdogs that Democrats unleashed after taking control of Congress. Meeks (D-Queens), who is being probed by the feds for missing charity money and other possible wrongdoing, co-sponsored a bill that would rein in the new Office of Congressional Ethics. Another New Yorker, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn), also was among the 20 lawmakers who signed on to the bill that was quietly introduced last week. All the co-sponsors are members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Neither Meeks' nor Clarke's offices responded to questions about the legislation. The bill would...
  • Crist Gets Cozy With Harry Reid, White House

    05/10/2010 4:00:35 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 11 replies · 448+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/10/10 | David A. Patten
    It appears that newly Independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist may find support from key Democrats, including the Obama White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Crist announced April 28 that he is breaking away from the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an Independent. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid placed a call to Crist last week. Reid has refused to say what they discussed, but the Journal says that "some Crist allies are taking it as a sign of cooperation to come." Also, sources say the White House has...
  • Breaking down the Crist shift

    04/29/2010 4:22:04 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 10 replies · 409+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 4/29/2010 | Tom Jensen
    There are going to be a lot of races this year where a Republican leaning third party candidate would do Democrats a lot of good. The Florida Senate race is not going to be one of them. If Charlie Crist's independent run has any impact on Kendrick Meek's chances of winning it's likely to be negative. Here are three reasons why: -In a hypothetical three way contest last month we found Crist winning 32% of Obama voters but only 22% of McCain voters. Even before making his departure from the Republican Party a reality he was pulling more from likely...
  • Feds' probe of Meeks taking sidetrack to Jamaica biz group

    04/18/2010 11:52:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 327+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 18, 2010 | Isabel Vincent & Melissa Klein
    Among the Queens charities to benefit from the largess of embattled Rep. Gregory Meeks is the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. That relationship has apparently drawn attention from federal investigators, who have reportedly subpoenaed Meeks' records related to the group. A federal grand jury is probing several Queens nonprofits' connections to local politicians. In 2003, Meeks helped steer $21 million in tax credits to Greater Jamaica to create an as-yet unbuilt "airport village" complex of housing, shops and a hotel near the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road and JFK AirTrain station stops. The 10-parcel site, which is just under one acre,...
  • Subpoena takes Meeks by storm

    04/16/2010 10:09:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 586+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 16, 2010 | S.A. Miller & Murray Weiss
    <p>A federal grand jury has slapped Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks with a subpoena demanding records about his tax-exempt charities and what happened to their money -- including one that stiffed Hurricane Katrina victims, law-enforcement sources revealed yesterday.</p> <p>The subpoena from a Manhattan grand jury signals an expanding corruption probe of Meeks and two fellow Queens Democrats, state Senate President Malcolm Smith and the Rev. Floyd Flake, who also were involved in separate subpoenas issued earlier this month.</p>
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks Reports Subpoena to House

    04/15/2010 11:45:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 488+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 15, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    On Tuesday, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) formally notified the House of Representatives that he had received a subpoena, as required by House rules. The subpoena was first reported by the New York Daily News on April 2 in the wake of our allegations that Meeks got a sweetheart deal on his house, and is involved with a charity that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never saw it. Did Meeks and/or Pelosi sit on the subpoena notification until after the March 21 health care vote? It depends on when Meeks got the subpoena. House Rule VIII states: Such notification...
  • Subpoena issued to Gregory Meeks in probe

    04/15/2010 6:56:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 454+ views
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2010 | John Bresnahan
    New York Rep. Gregory Meeks has been subpoenaed as part of a growing federal corruption probe that includes some of the most powerful Democratic politicians in Queens. Meeks’s office received a document subpoena from a federal grand jury in Manhattan several weeks ago, the New York Democrat announced on the House floor Tuesday. Under House rules, a lawmaker must announce on the floor when he or she has been subpoenaed in a civil or criminal action. Meeks’s aides declined to discuss what the grand jury was seeking, but the subpoena covered a period going back to 2000 and seeks a...
  • Prokhorov NBA Bid Gets Scrutiny; ACORN-Funder Ratner Needs Russian Billionaire to Build Brooklyn...

    04/11/2010 11:11:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 434+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 11, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Bruce Ratner is a New York real estate developer and owner of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. For five years, he’s been trying to move the team to a new arena in Brooklyn that he hopes to build, relying on New York’s powers of eminent domain to move hundreds of homeowners and businessmen out of their quarters. The Brooklyn arena project, known as Atlantic Yards, is on life support. It is only being kept alive by an investment of Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Prokhorov, who is reportedly worth more than $13 billion. He is investing $200...
  • Grand Jury Probes Rep. Gregory Meeks’ Sweetheart House Deal

    04/02/2010 8:08:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 921+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 2, 2010 | Ken Boehm
    According to the New York Daily News today, a federal grand jury is investigating some of Queens’ most prominent politicians, including Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY). NLPC first exposed Meeks’ involvement with a charity called New Direction that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it. NLPC also first exposed Meeks’ purchase of a home for far less than it is worth. In a Complaint to the House Ethics Committee filed on March 19, NLPC asked for an investigation of Meeks’ purchase of the house. The Complaint detailed how a contractor named Robert Gaskin not only built the home...
  • Nine Members of a Militia Group Charged with Seditious Conspiracy and Related Offenses

    03/29/2010 2:33:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 87 replies · 2,081+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Nine Members of a Militia Group Charged with Seditious Conspiracy and Related Offenses Six Michigan residents, along with two residents of Ohio and a resident of Indiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of seditious conspiracy, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade and FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena announced today. The five-count indictment, which was unsealed today, charges that between August 2008 and the...