Anti-Coleman group asks for FBI and ethics investigations
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is the first organization to publicly request an investigation against Sen. Norm Coleman by the FBI and the Senate Ethics Committee, according to Politico. Coleman is currently under fire for his connections to several lawsuits alleging friend and donor Nasser Kazeminy funneled $75,000 to the Coleman family through his wife's workplace. Check out the Blotter archives for the back story.
Here is the organization's statement:
Saint Paul, Minn. - Alliance for a Better Minnesota (ABM) a grassroots lobbying and online organizing group that works with progressive groups, is calling on the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to look into allegations made in a lawsuit filing that U.S. Senator Norm Coleman had accepted cash gifts totaling $75,000.
ABM is also asking the Minneapolis Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into the matter, which according to court documents, meant Nasser Kazeminy - a Coleman donor and close friend - fraudulently ordered the payment of corporate funds that were not legitimate transactions.
"These are serious allegations. With all of the news media covering these lawsuits, which state that money was funneled to Norm Coleman, we need to know what actually happened. There should be a thorough, formal investigation," said Denise Cardinal the Executive Director of Alliance for a Better Minnesota. "Minnesotans deserve to know the truth."
ABM also started a petition for Minnesotans to sign to support their request for action.
The group ran anti-Coleman ads during the campaign. The FBI and ethics committee don't confirm or deny investigations.
Is this going anywhere or is it yet another distraction meant to bruise Coleman during a nasty and brutal recount?