Thursday, March 07, 2013

Menendez Watch

Scrutiny on former Menendez aide increases

The radio station WNYC went to look for a former Menendez staffer, Pablo Permuy, in an effort to “better understand the sphere of influence” that surrounds the New Jersey Democrat.

WNYC has learned that Sen. Robert Menendez is the honorary chair of a trade organization that relies on a long list of his campaign donors as sponsors and has an address that is a K Street law office in Washington D.C.

WNYC’s Bob Hennelly reports the president of the group, the United States Spain Council, is a former Menendez staffer who was a consultant on a controversial Dominican Republic port security deal worth a half a billion dollars to a major Menendez campaign donor.

It’s Menendez’s relationship with that donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, that’s at the heart of a Senate Ethics Committee probe that has dogged the senator for months.



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