Last month, a lawsuit filed against Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) alleged that a donor, Nasser Kazeminy, funneled money to Coleman illegally. Since then, Coleman’s office has refused to disclose whether Coleman has been contacted by investigators. Today, the Pioneer Press reports that Coleman is under FBI investigation:
Federal investigators are looking into allegations that a longtime friend and benefactor tried to steer money to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, the Pioneer Press has learned.Agents with the FBI have talked to or made efforts to talk to people in Texas familiar with the allegations, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Houston is where the first of two lawsuits was filed alleging Nasser Kazeminy, a Bloomington financier, tried to steer $100,000 to Coleman via his wife’s Minneapolis employer. The second suit, filed in Delaware, alleges Kazeminy initially tried to get money directly to the senator.
The Coleman campaign called the allegations “sleazy and politically inspired allegations.” But the Pioneer Press notes, “The campaign provided no evidence for the claim that the allegations are ‘politically inspired.’”