“Scope of Doctor’s Money Ties to Menendez Exceeds $1 Million”

Roll Call: “Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen has given more than $1 million directly and indirectly to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and committees supporting him over the course of their friendship, new disclosures show….In states such as New Jersey that do not ban all corporate campaign contributions, federal rules permit party committees to raise corporate donations for limited purposes, such as voter registration. However, campaign finance laws bar federal candidates and officials from soliciting such unrestricted corporate money under any circumstances. ‘If he actually asked Melgen for this money for these local party committees, it’s a violation of the [Federal Election Campaign Act],’ said Brett Kappel, counsel at Arent Fox. ‘And because of the amount of money involved, it’s a significant violation.’”

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