Campaign contributions were the focus of the federal corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez yesterday, with prosecutor Peter Koski implying that Menendez asked his friend and co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen to donate large amounts of money to his senate re-election campaign in 2012.
A Washington, D.C. lobbyist, who ran the senator’s fundraising operation that year, confirmed that Melgen contributed two checks totaling $600,000. But he said Melgen never asked for a quid pro quo, and that he in turn did not mention the donations to Menendez. The trial resumes next Tuesday.
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