04 November 2023

Pass the Popcorn

It now appears that in addition to being delusional, he thinks that he was made Mayor of New York City by God, Eric Adams is a corrupt son of a bitch.

That is a reasonable implication from the news that the FBI just raided his fund-raising chief's home today.

Note that the term, "Corrupt son of a bitch," does not mean that Adams is necessarily violating anti-corruption, and probably anti-money laundering laws.

After all, former New York Senator Alphonse "Da Woim"  D'Amato spent his political career with his mentor and lackeys being jailed for some sort of corruption with a regularity that strongly implies that D'Amato knew of and tacitly approved of this corruption.

Given the nature of these allegations, alleged Turkish campaign donations and the like, it is highly unlikely that Adams was unaware of this.  More likely, he was just willfully blind, which is not a defense in such matters, just ask Sam Bankman Fried:

Federal prosecutors and the F.B.I. are conducting a broad public corruption investigation into whether Mayor Eric Adams’s 2021 election campaign conspired with the Turkish government to receive illegal foreign donations, according to a search warrant obtained by The New York Times.

The investigation burst into public view on Thursday when federal agents conducted an early-morning raid at the Brooklyn home of the mayor’s chief fund-raiser, Brianna Suggs. Ms. Suggs is a campaign consultant who is deeply entwined with efforts to advance the mayor’s agenda.

Investigators also sought to learn more about the potential involvement of a Brooklyn construction company with ties to Turkey, as well as a small university in Washington, D.C., that also has ties to the country and to Mr. Adams.

According to the search warrant, investigators were also focused on whether the mayor’s campaign kicked back benefits to the construction company’s officials and employees, and to Turkish officials.

The agents seized three iPhones and two laptop computers, along with papers and other evidence, including something agents identified as “manila folder labeled Eric Adams,” seven “contribution card binders” and other materials, according to the documents.

There was no indication that the investigation was targeting the mayor, and he is not accused of wrongdoing. Yet the raid apparently prompted him to abruptly cancel several meetings scheduled for Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., where he planned to speak with White House officials and members of Congress about the migrant crisis.

Instead, he hurriedly returned to New York “to deal with a matter,” a spokesman for the mayor said.


The warrant suggested that some of the foreign campaign contributions were made as part of a straw donor scheme, where donations are made in the names of people who did not actually give money. Investigators sought evidence to support potential charges that included the theft of federal funds and conspiracy to steal federal funds, wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, as well as campaign contributions by foreign nationals and conspiracy to make such contributions.

Mr. Adams has boasted of his ties to Turkey, most recently during a flag-raising he hosted for the country in Lower Manhattan last week. The mayor said that there were probably no other mayors in New York City history who had visited Turkey as frequently as he has.

Nothing to worry about, the reputation of the Turkish polity for probity and rectitude, nothing untoward could possibly be going on.  (Not)


Ms. Suggs, 25, is the latest in a series of individuals tied to Mr. Adams who have attracted interest from law enforcement, including several connected to the mayor’s fund-raising efforts.

His chief fundraiser is 25?  So she was 23 at the time of his election?  

Well, isn't that ……… something.

In September, Eric Ulrich, Mr. Adams’s former buildings commissioner and senior adviser, was indicted by the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, on 16 felony charges, including counts of conspiracy and bribetaking. Mr. Ulrich, as well as three others indicted at the time, helped organize a 2021 fund-raiser for Mr. Adams.

In July, Mr. Bragg indicted six individuals, including a retired police inspector who once worked and socialized with Mr. Adams, on charges of conspiring to funnel illegal donations to the mayor’s 2021 campaign.


In the past two years, Mr. Adams’s re-election campaign has paid Ms. Suggs nearly $100,000 for fund-raising and campaign consulting services via her company, Suggs Solutions, according to city records.

His first mayoral campaign paid her more than $50,000.

Ms. Suggs has also registered as a lobbyist. State records indicate that the East Broadway Mall, a Chinatown real estate concern, hired Ms. Suggs, via an intermediary, to lobby the mayor’s office and the City Council on its behalf in 2022.

Yeah, someone fresh out of college got a gig as a senior fundraiser got paid 50 Grand, and over the next two years got paid over 100 Gs?

Yeah, nothing hinkey there.


Jim Harmon said...

23, eh? I bet she gives good office. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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