35 Days: Dole Holds on to Convicted Felon's Money

DAY 35

Today, on the eve of the 3rd Quarter campaign contribution filing deadline, Elizabeth Dole is holding tightly to the money donated to her by convicted felon Alan Fabian. U.S. Attorneys asserted Fabian “carried out brazen fraud schemes that involved cheating victims of nearly $40 million.” Fabian and his wife contributed $9,200 to the Dole campaign in May 2007. Later that year, Fabian resigned from a volunteer post on the Romney presidential campaign following an indictment in Maryland for allegedly defrauding companies of $32 million. Romney returned Fabian’s contribution, as did Rudy Giuliani. To date, Dole is the only candidate to not return or donate Fabian’s dirty money.

Dole Accepted $9,200 From Alan And Jackie Fabian. On May 15, 2007, Dole accepted $9,200 in campaign contributions from Alan Fabian and his wife, Jackie Fabian. [Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 9/5/08]

Fabian Pleaded Guilty To Fraud And Tax Crimes. According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice, Alan Fabian pleaded guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax return exactly a year and a day after he and his wife contributed $9,200 to Elizabeth Dole’s campaign. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "Alan Fabian carried out brazen fraud schemes that involved cheating victims of nearly $40 million, spending criminal proceeds for his personal use, lying about the scheme in bankruptcy court and cheating on his taxes. After his $32 million scheme was caught in 2004, Mr. Fabian launched another scheme that netted $7.5 million. Fraud by corporate executives jeopardizes public confidence in our economy." [Department of Justice, Press Release, 5/16/08; Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 9/5/08]

Fabian Quit Raising Money For Romney’s Presidential Campaign; Campaign Returned His Contributions. In August 2007, Alan Fabian, who was a fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, “resigned from his volunteer post…after being indicted in Maryland for allegedly defrauding companies of $32 million,” according to the Boston Globe. Furthermore, the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani returned contributions from Mr. Fabian. [Boston Globe, 8/12/07]

Dole Is The Only Candidate Not To Donate Or Return Contribution After Indictment. During the 2007-2008 election cycle, Alan Fabian contributed to the presidential campaigns of Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney as well as the senatorial campaign of Elizabeth Dole. Among those candidates, Dole is the only one that has not returned or donated Mr. Fabian’s contribution to charity after he as indicted for mail fraud and filing a false tax return. [Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 9/6/08]

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