The Honorable Senator Lindsey Graham of the Charleston Grahams has been named in a Federal Indictment. And I've taken the liberty to name it:
The president of local biotechnology firm GenPhar is accused of defrauding the federal government out of at least $3.6 million the company received to research vaccines against deadly diseases.
The charges are contained in federal indictments unsealed today that also accuse GenPhar president Jian-Yun Dong and his estranged wife of making at least $31,000 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and his political action committee.
Dong and his estranged wife, Danher Wang, could not be reached for comment today, and it could not immediately be determined if they are represented by attorneys.
Dong and Wang are charged with conspiring to make illegal campaign donations by using other people’s names to funnel money from a foreign national, federal officials said. They are also accused of making illegal contributions after they exceeded their own maximum donation amounts, officials said.
The indictment alleges that the couple conspired to funnel more than $16,000 to Graham’s campaign fund in 2007 and at least $15,000 to “The Fund for America’s Future,” a political action committee operated by the South Carolina Republican.
In September 2007, Dong sent an email to his German connection commenting on a recent development in obtaining government funds for a GenPhar project, noting that “This is your money at work,” the indictment states.
You know the drill. What did Grahamnesty, as he is lovingly referred to by the AM radio crowd, know and when did he know it. Did he have a role in obtaining Government funding for the Dong-Wang GenPhar project. Was this done quid pro quo. Was an earmark involved? If it was an earmark, does this mean Graham is an earmarxist? What do we tell the children. Etc. Etc.
The best thing for Graham to do is just to lay everything out on the table and come clean.
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