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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-15-06 10:16 AM
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2. From what I read, the allegations were bloated, just like the Reid ones
Edited on Wed Nov-15-06 10:17 AM by LynneSin
And anyhow, we have six years with Menendez - we'll be fine


From Wikipedia:

Recent allegations of past ethics violations
On August 27, 2006, two Republican state lawmakers filed an ethics complaint against Menendez, alleging he broke conflict-of-interest rules when he rented property out to a nonprofit agency which receives federal funds. Menendez helped the organization win designation as a federally qualified health care center in 1998. That designation allowed the agency to receive additional federal grants<6>. Menendez allies note that the organization in question, the North Hudson Community Action Corp., which provides social services and health care to the poor and was founded in 1960, had received federal funding for years before Menendez was in Congress, and receives its funding based on mathematical formulas<7>. Menendez maintains that he rented the property out below market-value because "he was supportive of its work"<8>. The total rent collected over nine years was over $300,000.

In another controversy, a tape recording from 1999 became public recently, in which Donald Scarcini, a Menendez advisor, can be heard pressuring a psychiatrist to give a contract to one of his supporters as a favor to Menendez. Shortly thereafter, Menendez cut all ties with Scarcini. Menendez denies any knowledge of Scarcini's actions. <9>
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