Norm Coleman Under Investigation by the FBI

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    Yet another politician is being investigated on corruption charges. The latest FBI investigation involves Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who's locked in a prolonged recount battle with Democrat Al Franken.

    I've written extensively about the allegations, stemming from lawsuits in Texas and Delaware, that top Coleman donor Nasser Kazeminy improperly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to Coleman and/or his wife Laurie.

    To recap:


    A few days before the election, a lawsuit filed in a Texas district court alleged that one of Coleman's biggest donors and closest friends, Nasser Kazeminy, had routed $75,000 to Coleman's wife, Laurie. The suit was filed against Kazeminy by Paul McKim, a self-described diehard Republican and CEO of Deep Marine Technologies, a deep sea energy exploration company in Houston in which Kazeminy is controlling shareholder.


    A second lawsuit, filed by minority shareholders of DMT in Delaware a few days later, alleged that Kazeminy ordered the payments directly to Coleman. According to the lawsuit, Kazeminy told a confidential source: "We have to get some money to Senator Coleman" because the Senator "needs the money." When McKim and DMT's CFO objected, three payments of $25,000 were then sent to Coleman's wife at a Minneapolis-based insurance firm, the Hays Insurance Co, even though Hays did no work for DMT and is not a licensed insurance broker in Texas, according to the lawsuits. Laurie Coleman is best known as an actress who's lived in Los Angeles, not an insurance broker. "These fraudulent and grossly improper payments cost DMT at least $75,000 and brought absolutely no value to the company," the second lawsuit stated. "These payments expose the Company to serious potential criminal and civil liability."


    McKim told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Kazeminy ordered him to funnel $100,000 of DMT's money to Coleman via Hays. "He said that the senator's wife worked there and she could get the money to him," McKim told the paper. "I was kind of stunned. I was really shocked he would come out and say that so nonchalantly." McKim approved three payments of $25,000 but blocked the fourth payment and was later removed as CEO.

    In a Blagojevich-esque moment, Kazeminy reportedly told Deep Marine's CFO that Coleman needed the money because "US Senators don't make shit." The allegations are eerily similar to those that doomed New Jersey Senator Bob Torricelli and Alaska Governor Ted Stevens, who landed in hot water for accepting gifts/cash from campaign donors.

    According to the Pioneer Press, "Agents with the FBI have talked to or made efforts to talk to people in Texas familiar with the allegations, according to a source familiar with the situation."

    The Coleman campaign says that neither Coleman nor his office has been contacted by the FBI.

    That may soon change. Coleman could very well win the Senate seat but see his legal travails remain.
    Norm Coleman Under Investigation
     
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    And yet the Star-Tribune chose to focus on jokes that Franken had made. That accursed liberal media! :mad:
     
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    When the newspapers are going under with eveyone else they feel the need to fight corruption also.
     
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    Sounds like the FBI has something to investigate. If guilty, put him in jail.
     
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    US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald would have been a much better choice for Attorney General than Eric Holder.
     
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    Well, they both have very questionable pasts.
     
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    welcome newbie! :)

    how so, is his past questionable, on patrick fitzgerald?
     
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    BAC,

    IF obama had chosen fitzgerald, it would have appeared that he chose him, so to take him OFF the case against the illinois governor....don't ya think? well, at least i think this is what those on the right would have promoted!

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    You know something that is sort of interesting? The very people who said they were going to clean up government are the very ones that have done the most damage......

    Spitzer, Blojobovitch, all the rest.

    And.......even though Obama has managed to distance himself from most of it, I still kinda wonder why all this stuff keeps blowing up around him.
     
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    ABS,
    Spitzer did no wrong, other than his prostitution addiction/use/infidelty, right?

    He was not corrupt, involved with politics or his work as attorney general, was he? I thought the fbi cleared him on all that.....after they exposed him, of course?
     

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