Donors With EB-5 Ties Gave To Leahy As Probe Ramped Up
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A week after federal regulators began questioning a developer about an alleged fraud scheme at Jay Peak Resort, a man who served as counsel for the resort made his first-ever donation to a federal officeholder: $5,000 to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Charles Leamy made separate contributions of $2,600 and $2,400 on May 7, 2014, according to the Leahy campaign. Both were for the “Leahy for U.S. Senator Committee” and were recorded with the Federal Election Commission on May 21, 2014.
The donations represent the only money Leamy has given a federal officeholder. They are part of a cluster of contributions from entities and individuals with interests in the EB-5 investor program who gave to Leahy at a time when officials and angry investors were beginning to turn up the heat on the developers of Jay Peak.
Leahy had long been a booster for economic development in the Northeast Kingdom in general. The Jay Peak developers’ promises of job creation using the EB-5 visa program for foreign investors were of particular interest to the Vermont senator.
At a college funding event in Burlington on Monday, Leahy was taking selfies with students as reporters tried to ask him questions. VTDigger asked if he knew Leamy.