Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield is working with New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez to raise money for her campaign to defeat Joni Ernst. Menendez was indicted back in 2015 for corruption and bribery by U.S. Justice Department.
Iowa Field Report has uncovered a previously unreported fundraising operation the two are conducting together. By visiting the link, individuals can donate to both Theresa Greenfield and Bob Menendez, and the amount contributed is split between them.
According to the Justice Department, Menendez, 61, of Paramus, New Jersey, and a man named Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, 60, of Palm Beach, Florida, were indicted in the District of New Jersey for one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, eight counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud. After lying to authorities about the actions, Menendez had one additional charge of making false statements added to his indictment. The case focused on a bribery scheme in which Menendez accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the Senate office’s power to benefit Melgen.
In April of 2018, the Senate Ethics committee passed and released a 4-page public letter that “severely admonished” the Senator for “knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value,” failing to disclose those gifts, and then using his “position as a Member of the Senate to advance the “personal and business interests” of the person giving him the gifts. They also forced him to repay those gifts. The case against Menendez ended in a mistrial in 2017 after the jurors could not agree on his guilt. New Jersey voters, sensing an opportunity to maintain their unique brand, decided to reelect him in the fall of 2018.
This is yet another black eye for Greenfield, who has tried to make ethics an issue in her campaign while refusing to acknowledge her poor record. Iowa Field Report has covered a number of those instances.
“Theresa Greenfield, running for US Senate, accepted $2500, nearly the maximum contribution allowed by law, from New York lawyer Rodgin Cohen. Cohen was the lawyer that helped Harvey Weinstein keep his job despite a history of sexual harassment and hush money settlements during contract negotiations at the Weinstein Company.”
“Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield has taken an oath not to accept money from special interest groups or corporate PACs. However, publicly available campaign finance reports say otherwise.”
“The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust today filed a complaint against US Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The complaint alleges that Greenfield illegally coordinated with the Senate Majority PAC headed by Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.”