A federal probe paid out in a big way for Gotham’s mayor who managed to capitalize on an FBI raid for a six-figure sum.
As New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) continued dragging the Big Apple into the gutter, responding to overwhelming violent crime and an out-of-control illegal alien crisis by cutting funding and shrinking the police force through attrition, he’s had no trouble raking in contributions. In fact, according to a report from NY1, Hizzoner has raised $650,000 to cover legal bills ahead of any potential allegations.
“The Eric Adams Legal Defense Trust has drawn strong support in a short amount of time, raising more than $650,000 since it was formed just two months ago,” said Adams’ campaign compliance attorney Vito Pitta in a statement regarding the trust started in November.
The fund was established in the wake of the sudden raid of 25-year-old campaign consultant Brianna Suggs’ home that month as part of a “broad public corruption investigation,” The New York Times had reported. In addition to a “manila folder labeled Eric Adams,” investigators had taken two laptops, three iPhones, seven “contribution card binders” and other items permitted by a search warrant.
As part of the investigation, the FBI was said to be looking into whether or not the Turkish government had illegally contributed to Adams’s 2021 mayoral campaign.
Though no official accusations have been leveled against the mayor, investigators sought to discern whether Brooklyn-based KSK Construction, a contractor founded by Turkish nationals, had been utilized to funnel foreign cash into the campaign coffers for the former Brooklyn Borough president.
On the same day in May 2021, KSK executives had contributed over $13,000 to Adams, campaign disclosures had documented.
In his first remarks about the raid with PIX 11’s Dan Mannarino at the time, Adams had said, “I was notified by the team that something was taking place with the campaign staffer, and I want to be here to make sure we fully complied. I have one of the best compliance teams that any campaign has ever had.”
“If anyone did anything inappropriate outside of our compliance procedures, law enforcement will determine that,” he added to the news anchor. “This is new and evolving. I have not been contacted by any law enforcement agency and no one has been told they did anything wrong.”
NEW: “I felt the need of being here in the city,” says @NYCMayor in his first sit-down interview with @PIX11News since his campaign fundraisers apartment was raided by the FBI. pic.twitter.com/33xHI3EADQ
— Dan Mannarino (@DanMannarino) November 3, 2023
Per city rules that were enacted related to legal bills accrued by former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who himself had faced a federal investigation over alleged pay-to-play politics during his administration, the trust allows individuals clearance to donate up to $5,000 so long a person does not have current or potential business with the city.
NY1 further detailed that Adams has retained an attorney with the firm WilmerHale as representation for the investigation and that his “team will file its first fundraising report with the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board on Tuesday which will detail who contributed to his trust.”