Right on the heels of the arrest of Comptroller John Liu’s treasurer, another New York politician is wrapped up in some financial funny business. The Associated Press is reporting that the FBI is gathering information in order to decide whether to officially investigate the campaign fundraising of U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island. Grimm has faced increasing scrutiny since it was revealed that followers of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto — who in total contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars Grimm’s campaign 2010 — admitted to donating illegally.
The revelations of the FBI’s inquiries come shortly after former Rep. Anthony Weiner — best known for, well, you know what — told Roll Call that Pinto informed him of Grimm’s extortion in 2010. Weiner said he “immediately” went to the FBI.
Former Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari — who replaced Grimm as the New York Mitt Romney delegate — called Weiner a “pervert and a liar” in response to the revelations. Though he did not speak directly to the AP, the organization reported that Grimm said that Weiner’s claim that he went to the FBI about Grimm is just a tall tale. An anonymous law enforcement official told the AP that Weiner did contact the bureau.
Grimm’s main line of self-defense has been laughing off the allegations.