Report: Menendez Sponsored Legislation to Benefit His Biggest Donor

Posted by on Mar 04, 2013 at 7:32 am

In a stunning coincidence, it’s the same guy who allegedly provided the underage prostitutes to the sleazebag New Jersey Democrat. A few weeks ago Robert Menendez said those making accusations against him were nameless, faceless evil right-wingers. Well, this is the Associated Press, no bastion of right-wingers.

Sen. Robert Menendez sponsored legislation with incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions that would benefit the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic, an Associated Press investigation found.

The disclosure reflects the latest intersection between the New Jersey Democrat who is the subject of an ethics inquiry on Capitol Hill and the Florida doctor involved in a federal criminal investigation.

Dr. Salomon Melgen invested in Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. of Weston, Fla., and joined its board of directors in early 2010, according to the company’s chief executive and a former company consultant. GFS, as the company is known, designs, manufactures and sells products to convert diesel-fuel fleets to natural gas. The amount of Melgen’s investment is confidential under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, but a 2009 document filed with the SEC showed the company required a minimum individual investment at that time of $51,500.

At the same time, Menendez emerged as a principal supporter of a natural gas bill that would boost tax credits and grants to truck and heavy vehicle fleets that converted to alternative fuels. The bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee, and after it was revived in 2012, the NAT GAS Act failed to win the needed 60 votes to pass.

While the bill was under consideration between 2009 and 2011, the former consultant for GFS spent $220,000 lobbying Menendez’s staff and other congressional and federal officials on the act’s provisions as well as other regulatory issues, according to interviews and Senate records.

They claim there’s no evidence offered  direct help, but it’s not too difficult to figure this stuff out, especially when you understand Melgen forked over $700,000 to Menendez last year.


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6 Responses to “Report: Menendez Sponsored Legislation to Benefit His Biggest Donor”

  1. Blue Hen on 4/04/13 at 10:54 am

    Soooo, his friend Dr. Whositz moonlights as a vehicle conversion expert AND a port security expert when he’s not performing eye surgery and running a …..’youth group’. How well rounded he is.

  2. Bob Higginbotham on 4/04/13 at 11:05 am

    Menendez is the type of low life that should eliminated from Congress and maybe even our soil. He is an unethical cretin that has taken advantage of his position to line his own pockets and those of his cronies. He has tried to come across as a champion of worthwhile causes while being complete pond scum.

  3. lyle on 4/04/13 at 11:46 am

    He is an unethical cretin that has taken advantage of his position to line his own pockets and those of his cronies.

    In other words, a perfect candidate for the boy king’s cabinet.

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