Lawmakers rebuff pleas to return funds from alleged Ponzi schemer

While Allen Stanford was flying high, he and his colleagues spent more than $10 million on campaign contributions and lobbying payments to curry favor in Washington. But all that money was diverted from investors in what authorities have called an elaborate Ponzi scheme, second only to Bernard Madoff’s in U.S. history, according to court documents.

The receiver, Dallas lawyer Ralph S. Janvey, has been able to recover only about 5 percent of the political contributions he has targeted. Four of the principal national Republican and Democratic fundraising committees took in $1.6 million in Stanford donations, but they are vigorously fighting demands that they return it.

At least 50 members of the House and Senate have either ignored restitution demands or donated some of Stanford’s campaign contributions to charity instead, according to the receiver and a survey by The Washington Post. Included are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.); Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who chairs a Finance Committee subcommittee; and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), a member of the Judiciary Committee.

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  • borntoraisehogs

    They can’t re-gift it and ignore the court. You can not acquire title from a thief.

  • wagnert in atlanta

    If I remember correctly, several of Madoff’s clients who cashed out early (including those who cashed out several years before the collapse to invest their money elsewhere, not to get the hell out of Dodge before the roof fell in) were forced to return the money for redistribution by the courts. These bozos give their ill-gotten gains to “charity” instead. It would be interesting to know which “charity”.

  • DVL

    … and this is different from that other Ponzi scheme called Social Security exactly how?