Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen has given more than $1 million directly and indirectly to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and committees supporting him over the course of their friendship, new disclosures show.
His West Palm Beach, Fla., company, Melgen Vitreo Retinal Eye Center, donated a combined $103,500 to the Democratic Party committees in four New Jersey counties in the weeks leading up to the November election, the Newark Star-Ledger has reported.
The Star-Ledger quotes Union County Democratic Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo saying that, having been told her committee needed additional funds, Menendez “said he’d see what he could do, and I received a check.”
In states such as New Jersey that do not ban all corporate campaign contributions, federal rules permit party committees to raise corporate donations for limited purposes, such as voter registration. However, campaign finance laws bar federal candidates and officials from soliciting such unrestricted corporate money under any circumstances.