NY-22 Minute: Tenney Targets Corruption, Receives Donation from Jack Abramoff's Former Business Partner By Luke Perry
The Daily Beast recently reported that Claudia Tenney is one of seven House candidates to whom Adam Kidan financially contributed a sum total of $30,800 in 2017, according to Federal Election Commission records. Kidan is back in national politics after serving nearly three years in prison.
Kidan pled guilty to fraud and conspiracy working with Jack Abramoff, a GOP fundraiser and lobbyist, who served four years in prison for corruption. Four other felony counts were dropped against Kidan in a plea deal where he agreed to cooperate in the Abramoff investigation.
Tenney’s messaging in her NY-22 reelection campaign has sought to connect Anthony Brindisi to Albany politics and Governor Cuomo, while casting both as ineffectual and unethical.
Tenney has regularly attacked Brindisi for “corruption” since he declared in June of 2017. This has been echoed by Claudia for Congress (examples here & here), Tenney’s campaign manager (examples here & here), other campaign spokespeople (examples here & here), and the National Republican Congressional Committee (examples here & here).
Luke Perry (@PolSciLukePerry) is Chair and Professor of Government at Utica College.
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