You’ve probably heard that Michael Steele is talking to the FBI about allegations that he misused campaign funds in his ’06 Senate campaign
Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors
Federal agents in recent days contacted Steele’s sister, a spokesman for Steele said yesterday.
The claim about the payment, one of several allegations by Alan B. Fabian, is outlined in a confidential court document. Fabian offered the information last March as he was seeking leniency for himself during plea negotiations on unrelated fraud charges. It is unclear how extensively his claims have been pursued. Prosecutors gave him no credit for cooperation when he was sentenced in October.
His spokesman says that’s just silly
Steele spokesman Curt Anderson said he did not know what information the federal agents were seeking, but he dismissed Fabian’s allegations as patently false. "It’s from, what, a convicted felon? And it has no substantiation in fact," he said.
Fabian’s claims emerge as Steele begins his new role at the RNC, where he oversees the raising and spending of hundreds of millions of dollars in party money. The former Maryland lieutenant governor has faced questions about his handling of campaign money in prior elections and was twice fined for missing filing deadlines.
and Steele does too
"It’s not true," Steele told [George Stephanopoulos] on "This Week" Sunday.
"Those allegations were leveled by a convicted felon who was trying to get a reduced sentence on his conviction," Steele said…
"The thing about this George that is so frustrating to me, is that the Washington Post elevated this guy. And gave him credibility when no one else would. That’s disturbing.
Yeah. Who would elevate a criminal and give him credibility when no-one else would?
Other than Michael Steele, that is. Steele received prominent endorsements from Don King (numbers runner, two-time killer and expert on electoral politics in Maryland) and his former brother-in-law, convicted rapist Mike Tyson (formerly married to Steele’s sister, the pediatrician who provided the catering and web services at issue) (more…)