Then-Congresswoman Claudia Tenney received about
$2,500 in donations during her 2018 re-election bid from defendant charged in an unsealed indictment last week with
violating U.S. election laws but plans to donate the money to charity, according to her new campaign.
The Federal Election Commission campaign finance database shows that Claudia Tenney for Congress received a total of $2,445 in two payments in 2018 from Igor Furman, listed as employed by Import Export Corp.
An indictment unsealed last week accused Igor Fruman of using the name “Furman” to hide his identity while he and three others donated to various federal and state candidates to curry favor.
Fruman, Lev Parnas, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin were charged with using money from an unnamed foreign
national and creating a company to be listed as the donor entity
in violation of U.S. election
The indictment further alleged they were working on behalf of an official in the government of Ukraine, who was not identified in the court document.
They were also accused of contributing to the campaign of a candidate, not named in the indictment, and seeking his
help in getting the then-ambassador to Ukraine removed from office.
They were also accused of donating money from the foreign national to the campaign of a Nevada official who if elected would be involved in granting recreational-marijuana licenses while they were hoping to enter that field.
Fruman was described in the indictment as a native of Belarus who is now a U.S. citizen.
Recipient candidates did not know of the alleged scheme, federal authorities said in the indictment.
A Republican, Tenney narrowly lost her re-election bid in 2018 but announced last week she is running again. She faces three other Republicans in a likely
Campaign spokesman Anthony Pileggi on Tuesday confirmed the donation will be given to a local charity.
Fruman and Parnas were arrested before boarding an international flight at Dulles International Airport in Washington.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now personal attorney for President Donald Trump, acknowledged that both men helped in his collection of information on Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, and that they helped connect him with former Ukrainian top prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko, according to several news organizations.