Faso and Zeldin have been mired in past corruption scandals
Former Albany politician and current NY-19 GOP congressional candidate John Faso just scored an endorsement from a fellow former Albany politician, Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin.
It’s no surprise that Zeldin is throwing his support behind his Albany pal, the two have been mired in scandals dealing with charges of corruption.
“Earlier today, a former Albany politician – Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin – endorsed another former Albany politician – John Faso,” said Bryan Lesswing at the DCCC. “In an election year where New York voters are looking for an alternative to the ‘pay-to-play’ politics wielded by crooked politicians, John Faso and Lee Zeldin are going to have a hard time defending their records this November.”
In 2010, the Register-Star reported that Faso’s law firm “cut a deal with the New York state Attorney General’s Office that includes paying the state $550,000, in regard to that agency’s ongoing probe into a ‘pay to play’ scheme involving the state’s pension fund.”
Last year, Newsday reported that Zeldin faced accusations for “violat[ing] federal election law by using his state campaign to pay for ads before the primary and general election in his House race, and by using a network of state and local political party committees to transfer his State Senate campaign funds to his federal campaign.”
Faso’s Firm Involved In Pay-To-Play Investigation Which Involved Aiding Companies Win Deals With New York’s State Pension Fund “A national law firm, in which John Faso is a partner, has cut a deal with the New York state Attorney General’s Office that includes paying the state $550,000, in regard to that agency’s ongoing probe into a ‘pay to play’ scheme involving the state’s pension fund. It was reported in April that Faso had been subpoenaed by the Attorney General’s Office and that the agency was looking into whether Faso or the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, of which he is a partner, acted as unlicensed financial brokers by trying to help companies win deals with the state pension fund.” [Register-Star (Hudson-Catskill), 10/13/10]