Campaign 2010

Jun 26, 2012

Congressman Grimm’s Record of Scandal and Extremism

Congressman Michael Grimm (NY-11) has built an impressive record of scandal, FBI and ethics violations, and extreme votes that will be impossible to defend in November. Congressman Grimm will have to spend the next four months trying to explain to voters why he is the focus of an FBI investigation, why he has broken House ethics rules, why he pushed for leniency for a convicted fraudster, and most importantly, why he has repeatedly voted to drastically cut Medicare and force seniors to pay more for health care while protecting tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires, and Big Oil. Even Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans like Congressman Grimm are “frankly pretty vulnerable.”


“Congressman Michael Grimm has quickly established a reputation for himself as one of the most corrupt members of Congress to complement his extreme record of voting to drastically cut Medicare while protecting tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “While Congressman Grimm is currently spending more on legal fees than he’s bringing in, he’ll be hard pressed to explain his votes to cut Medicare and the very public Federal investigation into his fundraising operation.”


FBI is Investigating Congressman Grimm’s Fundraising. “From conversations in and around Congressman Michael Grimm’s orbit, The Politicker has learned the FBI has been speaking to at least one individual about fundraising allegations against his 2010 campaign in the last couple weeks. One such person, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, confirmed that the FBI reached out to him to inquire on the matter.” [Politicker, 6/20/12; New York Times, 1/27/12]

Congressman Grimm Violated House Ethics Rules. “Rep. Michael Grimm, who has already faced allegations about his fundraising, violated House ethics rules with a recent campaign email.” [Staten Island Advance, 5/25/12]


Congressman Grimm Pushed for Leniency for a Convicted Fraudster. “Staten Island  Rep. Michael Grimm urged a federal judge to spare a New York-based developer with three bribery-related convictions from serving a day in prison.” [New York Daily News, 2/26/12]


Congressman Grimm Voted to Slash Medicare, Protect Tax Breaks for Big Oil and Millionaires, Encourage Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas. On March 29, 2012, House Republicans supported a budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protects $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, provides people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $394,000, and provides incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12]


House Speaker John Boehner: Republicans like Congressman Grimm are “Pretty Vulnerable.” During a Fox News interview, Speaker John Boehner claimed that Republicans had a 1-in-3 chance of losing control of the House of Representatives. “We have 50 of our members in tough races, 89 freshmen running for their first reelections, and we have 32 districts that are in states where there is no presidential campaign going to be run, no big Senate race, and we call these orphan districts,” he said. “You take 18 of them, California, Illinois and New York, where you know we’re not likely to do well at the top of the ticket, and those districts are frankly pretty vulnerable.” [The Hill, 4/23/12]


Congressman Grimm Spent $321,000 on Legal Fees. “Congressman Michael Grimm spent twice as much on legal fees as he collected in campaign contributions this period, according to the latest financial reports. Grimm collected some $143,000 in campaign contributions between April and the start of June, according to campaign accounts filed with the Federal Election Commission. But in the same report, Grimm's campaign stated it spent $321,209 on legal fees to the high-end firm, Patton Boggs.” [NY Daily News, 6/14/12]