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Aventuras de Bob Menendez... Parece que en New Jersey, la costa no es lo unico que esta mojado hasta la cintura...

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Aventuras de Bob Menendez... Parece que en New Jersey, la costa no es lo unico que esta mojado hasta la cintura...

Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Nov 01, 2012 1:13 pm

Por lo visto Bob Menendez andaba en Dominicana tratando de ganarse el voto vaginal juvenil dominicano de NJ... Este MORON va a tratar de no seguir los consejos que le dio a los escoltas de l presidente.... Y encima de eso es un maceta y mentiroso... Que clase de imbecil... Que hacer este tipo de idiotez y encima no pagarle lo acordado a sus contratistas
Senador Robert Menendez acusado por prostitutas dominicanas
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WASHINGTON, Distrito de Columbia.- El senador estadounidense Robert (Bob) Menendez, demócrata por Nueva Jersey, se vio hoy vinculado a un conato de escándalo luego de ser difundidas acusaciones en su contra por parte de dos prostitutas desde República Dominicana. Las mujeres declararon al medio digital The Daily Caller que el legislador de 58 años y divorciado les pagó a cambio de sexo, pero una suma menor a la acordada en un inicio entre las partes.

De acuerdo con la fuente, el encuentro ocurrió en un momento de abril a mayo de este año en una finca de tres mil hectáreas llamada Casa de Campo ubicada en la isla caribeña y propiedad del oftalmólogo Salomón Melgen, amigo del congresista de origen cubano.

Las denunciantes explicaron que fueron invitadas con el compromiso de que iban a recibir 500 dólares por actividades fetichistas grupales, pero luego de consumado el hecho Menendez les entregó 100 dólares a cada una y las despidió.

Durante una entrevista televisada en Estados Unidos hace siete meses, el parlamentario de Nueva Jersey criticó a los miembros del Servicio Secreto (escolta presidencial) vinculados al escándalo por contactos con prostitutas en la ciudad colombiana de Cartagena.

Deben ser despedidos. Si son ciertos los hechos descritos por la prensa, estos funcionarios ya no deberían tener un trabajo, porque la realidad es que ellos además representan a los Estados Unidos de América”, subrayó Menendez.

Robert Menendez llegó al Senado federal en 2006 cuando fue señalado por el partido demócrata para ocupar una vacante dejada por Jon Corzine, en tanto para las votaciones nacionales del próximo 6 de noviembre se postuló para un nuevo término de seis años.

El Daily Caller, medio fundado en 2010 por un consejero del exvicepresidente Dick Cheney, llamó a su oficina para verificar la veracidad de las imputaciones y la portavoz Tricia Enright alegó que el senador “no iba a responder ante acusaciones falsas”.

Melgen ha donado casi 15 mil dólares a la campaña política de Menendez y en ocasiones le presta su avión privado para viajes de placer por las Antillas.


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Re: Aventuras de Bob Menendez... Parece que en New Jersey, la costa no es lo unico que esta mojado hasta la cintura...

Mensaje por Chemo el Jue Nov 01, 2012 1:59 pm

Eso le pasa por andar con putas dominicanas!!!!...liberal al fin!!!
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Re: Aventuras de Bob Menendez... Parece que en New Jersey, la costa no es lo unico que esta mojado hasta la cintura...

Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Dic 13, 2012 1:11 am

Bob Menendez es un verdadero payaso social... Despues de su lio de publicanas, y a ese no le cayo encima el mequetrefe del boycot de la Comay... Menendez nos ha salido con tremendo "Mojado-Gate"...


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SENATE_INTERN_ARRESTED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-12-12-14-18-16

Aparentemente, el Senador Robert Menendez ha empleado a un interno sin remuneracion en sus oficinas del Senado que no solo es un extranjero indocumentado, sino que tambien es un delincuente sexual, o lo que en "el dificil" se conoce como un "registered sex offender"... Lo mas comico de lcaso es que el Departamento de "Homeland Security" instruyo a los agentes federales a no arrestar al delincuente sino hasta despues del dia de las elecciones... Eso no tendria ninguna intencion politica???????

El empelado de el Senador, el Sr. Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, de 18 fue arrestado despues de las elecciones. Inicialmente, el Sr. Sanchez, oriundo de Peru, fue arrestado por Migracion y Aduanas (ICE)en su hogar el dia 6 de Diciembre. Sanchez, quien habria ingresado al Pais con una visa ya vencida enfrenta ser deportado y continua preso.

Bob Menendez, D-N.J., quien aboga agresivamente por politicas pro-inmigrante, fue reelegido con un 58% del voto. Dijo que su equipo fue notificado del caso el lunes, y que el personalmente se percato del caso por medio de la prensa y agrego que su equipo le pregunta a los "staffers" si se encuentran legalmente en el pais, pero no pueden legalmente indagar mas alla.

La verdad es que hay mas en el articulo y queda uno pensndo que de haberse sabido esto, en union con el escandalo de las prostitutas dominicanas, quien sabe si Menendez estaria hoy dia buscando otro empleo...
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Re: Aventuras de Bob Menendez... Parece que en New Jersey, la costa no es lo unico que esta mojado hasta la cintura...

Mensaje por Charlie319 el Lun Dic 17, 2012 11:25 am

Seria interesante ver cuantos otros criminales tiene Menendez trabajando para el...


Watchdog groups rip DHS over claim agents waited to arrest illegal immigrant Senate intern
Published December 13, 2012
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March 28, 2012: This photo shows Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents taking a person into custody during operation Cross Check III in New Jersey. (ICE)

Anti-illegal immigration groups slammed the Department of Homeland Security for allegedly waiting to arrest an illegal immigrant intern working for a prominent U.S. senator until after the election -- though the department "categorically" denied the allegation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, 18, in front of his home in New Jersey on Dec. 6. One official involved in the case told the Associated Press that the DHS told agents not to arrest the individual, who was employed as an unpaid intern for Democratic New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, until after Election Day.

ICE spokesman Brian Hale called the claim "categorically false."

"ICE followed standard process in coordination with its federal partners and local prosecutors before taking appropriate enforcement action," he said in a statement.

But watchdog groups were not so convinced, with one calling for a separate investigation.

"The Department of Homeland Security knew that Luis Sanchez Zavaleta was both an illegal alien and a registered sex offender as early as October," said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "Nevertheless, high ranking DHS officials placed electoral politics ahead of public safety and the law, when they instructed ICE agents not to arrest Mr. Sanchez until after the 2012 elections."

Stein went on to say the account would "ratify charges by career ICE agents that the Obama administration is recklessly disregarding immigration law."

Stein called for a "full and independent investigation" into the case, "based on the allegations of the ICE officers and strong evidence that DHS leadership interfered in a criminal arrest for political reasons."

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, went so far as to call for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano's and Menendez' resignation.

"Menendez's new term in the U.S. Senate is illegitimate now that we know he would have likely lost his reelection bid if the White House had not protected the illegal alien sex offender intern from arrest before Election Day," he said in a statement.

It's unclear whether the arrest would have made a difference. Menendez won re-election with a comfortable 58 percent of the vote.

Menendez' office has meanwhile distanced itself from the intern.

Spokeswoman Tricia Enright said that he was an unpaid college intern in their Newark office for two months.

"No staff member responsible for managing the internship program had reason to believe, based on their interview process, that Sanchez had any criminal background or immigration issues. Clearly Mr. Sanchez sought to deceive our staff," she said in a statement.

Enright said Sanchez' "relationship with our office immediately ended" as soon as the senator's office was informed of his arrest. She said Menendez is "appalled" by the incident.

"He has no tolerance for those who violate the law and expects the authorities to continue to prosecute the case. Senator Menendez believes this incident underscores the reason we need comprehensive immigration reform that provides zero tolerance for those who have criminal records," she said.

The prosecutor's office in Hudson County, N.J., said Sanchez was found to have violated the law in 2010 and subsequently required to register as a sex offender. The exact charge was unclear because Sanchez was prosecuted as a juvenile and those court records are not publicly accessible. The prosecutor's office confirmed to AP that Sanchez registered as a sex offender, although his name does not appear on the public registry. The acting county prosecutor, Gaetano Gregory, is a Republican.

Authorities in Hudson County notified ICE agents in early October that they suspected Sanchez was an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender and who may be eligible to be deported. ICE agents in New Jersey notified superiors at the Homeland Security Department because they considered it a potentially high profile arrest, and DHS instructed them not to arrest Sanchez until after the November election, one U.S. official told the AP. ICE officials complained that the delay was inappropriate, but DHS directed them several times not to act, the official said.

It was not immediately clear why federal immigration authorities would not have been notified sooner about Sanchez's status.
During discussions about when and where to arrest Sanchez, the U.S. reviewed Sanchez's application for permission to stay in the country as part of President Obama's policy to allow up to 1.7 million young illegal immigrants avoid deportation and get permission to work for up to two years. As a sex offender, he would not have been eligible. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, notified Sanchez of that shortly before his arrest, one official said.

Menendez said the arrest spoke to the need for comprehensive immigration reform that brings illegal immigrants out of the shadows.
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Ene 31, 2013 3:14 pm

Por lo visto el "prostituta-gate" de Bob Menendez esta relacionado a una investigacion por fraude a MEDICARE que el mecenas de Bob Menendez tiene pendiente con los "FiBIes"... y que el tambien pagaba por sus relaciones "sentimentales"... Sera que el Dr. Melgen esperaba que Menendez intercediera por el en el problemita con MEDICARE???? A mi ver, ese buque ha zarpado ya y es posible que Menendez se vea en un aprieto similar al del Dr. Melgen... Que creen ustedes?


Complex portrait of doctor linked to Menendez probe
BY AMY SHERMAN, ALFONSO CHARDY AND DANIEL CHANG
dchang@MiamiHerald.com

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald

Dr. Salomon Melgen at his office in West Palm Beach.

By most appearances, Dr. Salomon Melgen embodies the great American immigrant success story: A native of the Dominican Republic, Melgen has earned renown as one of South Florida’s leading eye surgeons. He owns a sprawling, waterfront home in North Palm Beach valued at about $3 million. He gives generously to charities and rubs elbows with prominent politicians.
He’s a man that loves the limelight. He always has,’’ said Patricia Goodman, 70, a former office administrator and personal assistant to Melgen, who is now at the center of two FBI probes, one involving published allegations that he provided free trips to the Dominican Republic and prostitutes for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.
Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has called the allegations a politically motivated smear by a right-leaning website
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FBI agents raided Melgen’s West Palm Beach office Tuesday night, apparently seeking records related to the second investigation, one involving possible Medicare fraud. The feds continued to search the premises on Wednesday, joined by agents from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, suggesting that the raid was linked to Medicare.

Lawrence Duffy, a criminal defense attorney representing Melgen, said his client is unaware of the reason for the FBI raid.

“The government has not informed Dr. Melgen what its concerns are,’’ Duffy said in an email to The Miami Herald. “However, we are confident that Dr. Melgen has acted appropriately at all times.’’

Goodman said Melgen never hosted a fundraiser for Menendez during the time that she worked for the doctor from about 1989 to 1999. But she planned all of Melgen’s parties during those years, and said he helped raise millions for political campaigns — and had a blast doing it.

“He liked the excitement of it,’’ Goodman said on Wednesday from her home in Palm Harbor on Florida’s Gulf Coast. “He liked being with the big shots. That was his thing. He was very impressed with the politicians.’’

The politicians were equally impressed with Melgen, 58.

Among the politicians whom Melgen has befriended, and for whom he has hosted private fundraisers at his 5,000-square-foot home: former U.S. Sens. Christopher Dodd and Bob Graham, late Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles — who also was a patient of Melgen’s — former President Bill Clinton, and Leonel Fernández, former president of the Dominican Republic.
Goodman noted that Bill and Hillary Clinton vacationed at the doctor’s home in Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, and that he became good friends with Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman and co-chair of Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.
“He used to go to Dr. Melgen’s home in Casa de Campo and play golf all the time,’’ Goodman said of McAuliffe.

Behind Melgen’s conspicuous success and powerful friendships, though, Goodman said, she also saw a man who behaved recklessly in his private life.
“There were things going on that I didn’t like, not necessarily in the office,’’ she said. “His personal life got to take a toll on me.’’
So much so, Goodman said, that she declined to return to work for Melgen in 1999 after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Melgen could not be reached at his home, office or on cell phones or by email Wednesday, but his office issued a statement regarding Melgen’s relationship with Menendez:
Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Sen. Menendez for many years,’’ the statement read.
“Sen. Menendez has traveled on Dr. Melgen’s plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately. Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically motivated, right-wing blog and are false
.’’

Menendez, who was first accused of improprieties in the conservative Daily Caller website in November, has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.’’ He has not yet directly addressed his relationship with Melgen.

Interviews with Melgen’s former employees and acquaintances paint a picture of an exceedingly generous man who struggled to adapt as an immigrant and succeeded wildly in his medical career and in various business ventures, including founding a Hispanic-themed digital media outlet, VOXXI.com, which is based in Coral Gables.

He donated $15,000 at a recent fundraiser for experimental research into a rare muscular-degenerative disease that afflicts the 2-year-old son of Art Estopinan, the chief of staff of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican of Miami.
“He is an angel. I consider him to be an angel,’’ said Estopinan, his voice breaking into sobs. “This is the only hope my son has.’’
Goodman said Melgen “has got a really big heart for people. We used to see thousands of people that had no insurance, just write it off. He did that. He would never turn anybody away if they didn’t have the money.’’
A woman who holds a high-level position at the Dominican Healthcare Association of Florida, which gave Melgen its lifetime honorary member award in April 2012, said she was surprised about the allegations.
“I was shocked,” she said, adding that she always regarded Melgen as a professional totally devoted to his work.
“I see him as a great professional of great trust whose patients hold in high regard,” the woman said
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The woman remembered that when Melgen accepted the award at a gala dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables he talked about the difficulties he had adjusting to the United States as an immigrant.

No one has a specific date when Melgen immigrated to the United States, but the woman at the Dominican Healthcare Association said it was possible he arrived in the late 1970s.
Melgen graduated in 1978 from the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University in Santo Domingo, and by 1980 was doing an internship at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.
He found professional and financial success in South Florida, where he says he was the first physician to perform out-patient eye surgery in 1986.


But Palm Beach court records show Melgen also has faced financial problems — including multiple IRS liens for millions of dollars.
One lawsuit hints at complications in his personal life. Melgen’s company, Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, sued Yuddehiris Dorrejo in 2000 amid a business dispute that involved a close relationship with Melgen.

Online records available immediately at the Palm Beach Courthouse Wednesday did not contain the full case file, but a four-page order by Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge John Wessel dismissing the case in March 2002 summarized the details of the legal dispute.
In October 1998, Dorrejo came to Florida and met Melgen at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Palm Beach County.
“Thereafter, an intimate romantic relationship developed,” the judge wrote.
Then Dorrejo entered into an oral agreement with Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, which was owned and controlled by Melgen.
Melgen’s company had agreed to make a $700,000 loan for Dorrejo’s interest in a franchise retail store in the Dominican Republic.
Melgen acknowledged it was his idea to set up an account with Northern Trust Bank in Palm Beach County because his company had a relationship with that bank.
Melgen claims that such a large sum of money would not be deposited by a normal person as a gift for a romantic relationship,” the judge wrote.
But Dorrejo claimed that she was not a resident of Florida and doesn’t engage in business in Florida and that the consideration for the money deposited in Northern Trust Bank was the intimate romantic relationship between Dorrejo and Melgen,” the judge wrote.
Dorrejo told the court that she had not breached any contract and that, “The money bestowed upon her by her lover, Melgen, was without any obligation for repayment” wrote the judge, who granted Dorrejo’s motion to dismiss it.
Dorrejo, who could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, also reported that Melgen owns property in the Dominican Republic and advertises medical services there.
The doctor cuts an impressive figure in the Caribbean island nation.
In 2009, Melgen’s son was married at Santo Domingo’s historic cathedral, the oldest in the Americas, in a ceremony blessed by Dominican Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López. The wedding was covered by Dominican newspapers, which published photos of the well-heeled guests.

In May 2010 — a date that corresponds with allegations of alcohol- and prostitute-fueled parties at Melgen’s Casa de Campo house — Melgen hosted a dinner honoring Menendez in which he said, “For me, Mr. Menendez is not the leader of the Hispanic-American in the United States, but a leader of Hispanics in all the Americas.’’
Miami Herald staff writers Marc Caputo, Carli Teproff and Jay Weaver contributed to this report. Herald special correspondent Ezra Fieser reported from the Dominican Republic.
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Vie Feb 01, 2013 2:33 pm

Sigue la mata dando... Que clase de viaje habra sido ese como para que cada uno cueste $24,000.00?????

Senate Ethics Committee investigating Menendez
Committee is reviewing whether Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., inappropriately accepted gifts from a political donor who is under investigation by federal investigators.

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"We are aware of the news reports regarding the FBI raid on Dr. Melgen's office," Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., the top Republican on the ethics committee, said to CBS News in a statement. "The Ethics Committee will follow its established procedures in this matter." (Traduccion: Esto va pa' largo y este tipo se jodio)

Late Tuesday night, the FBI and the Health and Human Services Department raided the West Palm Beach, Fla., offices belonging to Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor who has made large donations to Menendez, the New Jersey State Democratic Committee and other politicians. The FBI has not said why it was raiding Melgen's office Tuesday night, but according to the Miami Herald, records show that Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009. The HHS Office of the Inspector General, meanwhile, is responsible for health care fraud cases (involving Medicare and Medicaid). HHS would not comment on the FBI's involvement, though it is not unheard of for the FBI to participate in these types of investigations.

Menendez's ties to Melgen came under scrutiny late last year, after a report was published alleging that Menendez flew to the Dominican Republic and slept with prostitutes at a resort in which Melgen has a home. Menendez on Wednesday released a statement denying he engaged with prostitutes. Then on Wednesday evening, Menendez's office said the senator was reimbursing Melgen $58,000 for two of three trips he took on Melgen's plane to the Dominican Republic in 2010.


Ethics rules dictate that senators must promptly repay donors for such gifts unless the donor is a personal friend. In that case, written approval from the ethics committee is required for gifts exceeding $250. Menendez made no public disclosure until this week of the two trips for which he reimbursed Melgen. "The senator paid for the two trips out of his personal account and no reporting requirements apply," Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright said this week.

The ethics committee, meanwhile, is obliged to review any complaints or information suggesting a senator may have violated ethics rules.


The review comes as Menendez is gaining a higher profile in the Senate: The Cuban-American senator is part of the bipartisan "gang of eight" that is drafting immigration legislation, and he also is the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.[
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Feb 07, 2013 11:40 am

Esto no se acaba amiguitos... Por lo visto el Mr. Menendez si dio un quid pro quo...

En este caso el beneficiario del trafico de influencia no es ni siquiera un constituyente de Bob Menendez, ya que el representa a NJ y el doctorcito es de Florida...


Investigators Say Menendez Intervened on Friend’s Behalf
By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey intervened with federal health officials on two occasions in the last four years in an effort to help a close friend in a billing dispute with Medicare, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The senator’s efforts were unavailing, but he persisted, the investigators said.

The senator’s friend, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon, is under federal investigation. A team of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services raided Dr. Melgen’s offices in West Palm Beach and removed 30 boxes of documents and other material last week.

The revelation about the senator’s involvement in the Medicare matter was reported by The Washington Post on Wednesday night.

Last week, The New York Times published an article detailing the senator’s efforts to help Dr. Melgen, a major benefactor of his, revive a lucrative contract to provide port security in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Melgen has been in a dispute with Medicare officials over billing for a drug used to treat certain types of macular degeneration, which can cause loss of vision and damage to the retina. By getting several doses of the drug from a single vial, investigators said, Dr. Melgen was able to make the drug go further, and as a result, he was able to treat more patients and file more claims with Medicare.

Thus, for example, Medicare might allow doctors to bill $2,000 for a vial, but the doctor sometimes filed claims for as much as $8,000, said the investigators, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry was continuing.

While Medicare was trying to recover money from the doctor, the senator contacted federal officials and suggested that the agency was being unfair and needed to clarify its policy, the investigators said.

In 2009, they said, Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, called Jonathan D. Blum, a senior official at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as C.M.S. In 2012, they said, the senator expressed his concern in a meeting with Marilyn B. Tavenner, the acting administrator of the agency, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Both officials indicated to Mr. Menendez that they had no plans to change the payment policy for the drug.

The government eventually recovered some of the money from Dr. Melgen, but he is exercising his right to pursue an administrative appeal, challenging Medicare’s determination that he had overbilled the program, the investigators said.

An aide to Mr. Menendez issued a statement on Wednesday night, saying that the senator had no knowledge of any Medicare fraud investigation involving Dr. Melgen’s company. “Senator Menendez was never aware of and has not intervened in any Medicare fraud investigation on behalf of Vitreo Retinal Consultants,” one of Mr. Melgen’s companies, the aide said.

The Menendez aide confirmed that the senator has “in the past raised concerns with C.M.S. about conflicting guidelines and ambiguity in C.M.S. rules that are difficult for providers to understand.” Mr. Menendez wanted to make sure that “providers were not penalized if C.M.S. clarified or changed the rules of the game retroactively,” the aide added.

Alan Reider, a lawyer representing Dr. Melgen, issued a statement Wednesday night saying that his client was cooperating fully with the government and had not been told the focus of the investigation. Because Dr. Melgen is a Medicare provider, Mr. Reider said, his claims had been subject to audits by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and he called the audits routine. “Those audits have been resolved administratively, consistent with Medicare requirements,” Mr. Reider said.

The relationship between Mr. Menendez and Dr. Melgen has been drawing scrutiny since reports recently surfaced that Mr. Menendez had accepted two round-trip flights aboard Dr. Melgen’s jet for personal vacations in the Dominican Republic in 2010. He failed to report them as gifts or reimburse Dr. Melgen at the time, as required. Then in January, he sent the doctor a check to cover the cost of the flights, with his aides saying that he failed to reimburse the doctor earlier because of sloppy paperwork.

Mr. Menendez has been helpful to Dr. Melgen. Two years ago, Dr. Melgen bought an ownership interest in a company that had a long-dormant contract with the Dominican Republic to provide port security. Mr. Menendez, who is chairman of the Senate subcommittee that holds sway over the Dominican Republic, subsequently urged officials in the State and Commerce Departments to intervene so the contract would be enforced, at an estimated value of $500 million.

While the focus of the investigation involving the raid late last month is not clear, Mr. Menendez finds himself defending his relationship with a major benefactor as he ascends to the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Lun Feb 11, 2013 10:22 am

Sale la verdad, y el precio de las indiscreciones del dinosauro politico de NJ... son $25 milloncitos anuales... Mas la posibilidad de que pasen drogas por RD...
Details Emerging in Menendez Case
By ERIC LIPTON and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to do the work.

The intervention with the Department of Homeland Security last month came even though Mr. Menendez has publicly chastised the Obama administration for not doing more to combat the surging drug traffic moving through Dominican ports.

And it came shortly after the senator’s friend, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, arranged to meet with a senior State Department official, accompanied by a former aide to Mr. Menendez, in a related push to protect the port security contract, which is worth as much as $500 million over 20 years.

Officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department declined to comment on the matter, with a State Department official citing an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into related matters.

Mr. Menendez has broadly rejected any suggestion that his official actions have been driven by an effort to favor Dr. Melgen, a wealthy Florida ophthalmologist who has repeatedly flown the senator on his private plane and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Democrats in the Senate as well as Mr. Menendez’s re-election campaign.

Nobody has bought me, No. 1. Nobody. Never,” Mr. Menendez said in an interview late last week with Univision, the Spanish-language news station. “In the 20 years that I have been in Congress, never has it been suggested that this could even be possible.”

The relationship between Dr. Melgen and the New Jersey senator has drawn scrutiny in recent weeks as Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, has taken over the chairmanship of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee.

Aides have acknowledged that Mr. Menendez had spoken to State Department officials about the port security contract, which the Dominican government was refusing to honor; the senator questioned other administration officials about it as well. But in recently obtained e-mails, the degree to which Mr. Menendez sought to intervene on behalf of Dr. Melgen’s interests became clearer.

In a January e-mail exchange with Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Menendez’s staff did not mention Dr. Melgen or his company, Boarder Support Services, by name.

But the aide asked if the United States government was planning to donate additional port security equipment to the Dominican Republic. The aide explained that if such a donation occurred, the Dominican government, perhaps under pressure from criminal elements there, might intentionally limit the use of the equipment so that drugs or other contraband could still flow through the country’s ports on the way to the United States.

Only by hiring the unnamed private contractor, the e-mail said, could the United States be assured that port security in the Dominican Republic would be enhanced.

“Apparently there are some efforts by individuals who do not want the increased security” in the Dominican Republic, the e-mail from Mr. Menendez’s office said.

“These elements, possibly criminal, want C.B.P. to give the government equipment,” the e-mail said, “because they believe the government use of the equipment will be less effective than the outside contractor. My boss is concerned that the C.B.P. equipment will be used for this ulterior motive.”

A Customs and Border Protection official assured Mr. Menendez’s staff that there was no immediate plan to deliver such equipment, so there was no need for the senator to intervene.

The agency “has not agreed to any extended operation in the Dominican Republic and has not provided any additional equipment,” the official wrote in reply, according to a federal official who read the e-mail exchange to The New York Times.

Late last month, investigators from the Department of Health and Human Services, with which Dr. Melgen has been involved in a dispute over Medicare billing, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided several of Dr. Melgen’s offices in Florida, and the senator has recently acknowledged intervening in the doctor’s billing dispute with the agency twice in the last four years. Dr. Melgen has denied any wrongdoing.

But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United States from the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Menendez and Dr. Melgen have been friends since the 1990s, around the time Mr. Menendez was first elected to the House of Representatives and began regularly visiting the Dominican Republic, where Dr. Melgen has a home in Casa de Campo, a gated oceanfront resort where houses cost as much as $20 million.

As the years have passed, the business and political interests of the two men have repeatedly intersected.

Mr. Menendez was co-author of legislation in 2007 to require screening of all ship containers headed to the United States. And in the years since, he has condemned plans by the Obama administration to cut funds for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, which, according to the State Department, would include “technology upgrades and training on techniques for intercepting smuggled narcotics, weapons, bulk cash, and other contraband at commercial airports and seaports,” in the Dominican Republic and nearby nations.

“I understand that in many areas we’re going to have to do more with less” Mr. Menendez said at a 2011 Senate hearing questioning State Department officials about possible cuts in the budget for the program. “But this is a challenge where investing less has real consequences for us here at home.”

In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security donated to the Dominican Republic one X-ray scanning device, which is used at Multimodal Caucedo, one of its largest ports, where Dominican inspectors worked alongside representatives from the United States government to scan more than 1,700 containers last year. Nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in a cargo container of peaches in the first week the equipment went into operation.

Only one other Dominican port — Haina Occidental — sends a significant number of ship containers to the United States, and Dominican officials there have urged the United States to consider providing a second X-ray device for that port, State Department officials confirmed. Initial press reports in the Dominican Republic indicated that such a plan was in the works.

But Dr. Melgen had other ideas.

In February 2006, just as Mr. Menendez was beginning his push to require screening of all ship containers headed to the United States, Dr. Melgen began negotiations to buy a small company that had a longstanding contract to do such inspections in the Dominican Republic.

His plan was to provide his own X-ray equipment, purchased with private funds, and then charge the Dominican government to do the inspections.

But customs officials in the Dominican Republic have halted the deal, saying Dr. Melgen’s company would charge too much for a service that the government itself should be providing.

Mr. Menendez pushed State and Commerce Department officials last July to help eliminate the roadblocks in the Dominican Republic preventing the start of this contract, The Times reported late last month.

But representatives for Dr. Melgen confirmed late last week that these appeals to the United States government went well beyond that.

Late last year, Pedro Pablo Permuy, a former national security adviser to Mr. Menendez, contacted the State Department to set up a meeting with a top department official, Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd D. Roberson, who helps oversee an antinarcotics division, according to a statement that Boarder Support Services, Dr. Melgen’s company, released in response to questions.

Dr. Melgen, at that meeting, informed the department that his company had in place a legally binding contract to provide X-ray inspection services at ports in the Dominican Republic and sought the department’s assistance in persuading the Dominican government to enforce the contract, the statement said.

But a federal government official said Dr. Melgen also made it clear that he was worried that the United States donation of equipment would undercut his business proposal, mirroring the concerns Mr. Menendez’s aide subsequently raised in the e-mail. The company’s statement acknowledged that the United States government’s plans to donate the equipment came up at the meeting, but it said that neither Dr. Melgen nor Mr. Permuy could recall exactly what was said about it.

Boarder Support Services does not consider the meeting with the State Department to be in any way inappropriate,” the statement said.

These arguments made by Dr. Melgen and Mr. Menendez’s staff contradicted the official position of the Dominican agency that oversees port security.

Abinader Fortunato, a spokesman for the Dominican customs agency, said late last week that Dr. Melgen’s contract wrongly leaves screening in the hands of a private company and not a state agency.

He said he did not know why the United States government had failed to deliver more X-ray machines — or whether Dr. Melgen or Mr. Menendez played a role.

The equipment donated to Caucedo was the first installment of a project to check containers. It was going to continue. Unfortunately, it did not continue,” Mr. Fortunato said. “The second phase was for Haina. It has not been completed.”

A State Department official, in a speech last week, suggested that the budget deficit in the United States may have been a factor, resulting in a curb in foreign aid.

A spokesman for Mr. Menendez, Tricia Enright, said it was “absurd” to suggest that the senator played any role in preventing the additional equipment from being delivered to the Dominican Republic.

The doubts that Mr. Menendez raised, she said, were justified because the senator “questions the commitment of the government of the Dominican Republic to stem the flow of drugs through its ports.”
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Mensaje por Chemo el Lun Feb 11, 2013 12:01 pm

Me alegro que se joda ese individuo que no aporta nada a la sociedad seria y trabajadora de NJ y de EEUU....este tipo se jodio por que ya ni siquiera su partido politico lo puede salvar con tanta evidencia sobre lo corrupto y sucio que es ....una verdadera verguenza hispana que es el Bob Menendez , estoy esperando el momento de verlo esposado y con el uniforme chinita!!!
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Vie Feb 15, 2013 1:39 pm

Se termino de joder "Bullet -Bob" Menendez... Michelle Malkin lo trae clavao... al igual que a ciertos contribuyentes a la gesta electoral Dmocrata y Obamica...

Democrats Heart Medicare Fraudsters
By Michelle Malkin on February 14, 2013 at 10:11pm

Hey, remember when President Obama crusaded against Medicare fraud and vowed to crack down aggressively on scammers who've bilked the program out of an estimated $90 billion? Like Archie and Edith Bunker used to sing: Those were the daaaays.
While Democrats pretend to protect the elderly and disabled, leaders of the People's Party have pocketed gobs of campaign contributions from fat-cat donors tied to massive Medicare rip-off schemes.

Let's talk some more about Dr. Salomon Melgen, shall we? We now know that the jet-setting Florida eye doctor who flew beleaguered Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to several alleged sex romps in the Dominican Republic also overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic. That's according to Menendez's own aides. They acknowledged last week that their boss met with federal health bureaucrats at least twice to lobby on Melgen's behalf.

"Federal investigators and health-care auditors have had concerns about Melgen's billing practices at various times over the past decade," according to two former federal officials who spoke to The Washington Post. "In part, they have examined the volume of eye injections, surgeries and laser treatments performed at his West Palm Beach clinic."

Now, brace yourselves. A Menendez aide says that while Sen. Sleaze-Bob intervened, he didn't know nuttin' about Melgen being under investigation. Just like he didn't know nuttin' about his longtime aide working for Melgen's port security firm in the Dominican Republic, on whose behalf Sen. Sleaze-Bob also intervened.

And just like he didn't know nuttin' about yet another ride on Melgen's plane in 2008 (exposed this week by the conservative Daily Caller), which he forgot to disclose to the Senate.

Senate Democratic leaders have done nuttin' to prevent Menendez, who also sits on the Senate Finance Committee overseeing Medicare, from playing a prominent role in Medicare reform negotiations while Melgen's Medicare fraud investigation unfolds.
It's all par for the Democrats' conflict-of-interest course, of course. Recently departed Obama health care czar Nancy-Ann DeParle raked in millions from her positions on a handful of corporate boards under fire for various regulatory violations, whistleblower complaints and Medicare fraud.

One of the companies for which DeParle served as a director, kidney dialysis empire DaVita, has been plagued by whistleblower fraud allegations for nearly 20 years. These include long-standing claims (many still under investigation or the subject of ongoing litigation) that the company overused the anemia drug Epogen and then billed Medicare for it; submitted fraudulent Medicare claims for dialysis drugs; and forged alleged kickback schemes between doctors and joint ventures.

Another Medicare fraud suspect, the Stryker Corporation, paid nearly $17 million to settle allegations about false claims submissions in 2007. Pat Stryker, liberal heiress to the Stryker fortune, is an Obama bundler and one of the Democratic Party's wealthiest progressives. She was also behind the now-bankrupt Obama green energy boondoggle in Colorado, Abound Solar.

While the Obama campaign (aided and abetted by the lapdog media) viciously smeared Mitt Romney by tying him to Medicare fraud he had absolutely nothing to do with while at Bain Capital, this White House has escaped any scrutiny of its own ties to accused Medicare scammers. Instead, the administration was happy to powwow with Menendez and other Democratic leaders on policy strategy this week.
What did they have to say about Menendez's lobbying on behalf of Medicare exploiter Melgen and the conflict-of-interest cloud stretching from Capitol Hill to 1600 Pennsylvania? Nuttin'.

Ho-hum. Nothing to see here, move along. Be vewwy, vewwy quiet.
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Jue Feb 21, 2013 9:43 am

Este churro mediatico salio del periodico cuasi-progresivo conocido como el NY Times... Ahora resulta que lo de las putitas adolescentes a quien no les quiso pagar y lo del trafico de influencias no fue el, sino los comunistas de Cuba... Really??? Is that the best your hired guns can do?????

Amid Questions on Ethics, Battle-Tested Senator Digs In

By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and SAM DOLNICK
He has taken to little-used routes in the nation’s Capitol to avoid attention. His allies have hinted at conspiracies hatched against him, perhaps by shadowy enemies in Cuba. And he has even hired a prominent lawyer well versed in Congressional investigations.

It has been an unnerving time for Senator Robert Menendez, a usually self-assured and even brash politician who prides himself on his long, hard climb through the brutal machine-style politics of New Jersey.

Mr. Menendez, a Democrat, has been described as both shaken and angry these days as he confronts questions about his conduct that will not go away and that threaten to strip him of the power he has worked for decades to acquire.

Earlier this month, Mr. Menendez, 59, ascended to the prestigious chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But instead of riding high, Mr. Menendez is facing critics doubting his ability to run the committee effectively and even calling on him to surrender his gavel as questions persist about whether he used his influence to advance the business interests of a major political donor and friend.

Yet Mr. Menendez, a brawler who once wore a bulletproof vest to testify in a federal corruption case against a powerful political mentor, has dug in, determined to outlast his detractors.

To fend off critics and rivals, he has hired an aggressive crisis team that includes a veteran of his previous battles, Matthew A. Miller. He has reached out to top Democrats — including Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader — to reassure them that the worst is over.

The senator has also sought to regain his footing after the disclosures left him, at least initially, uncharacteristically bewildered and unsure how to respond, according to a close political associate.

Mr. Menendez tried to project a business-as-usual bearing late last week as he convened his first meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee, even as he continued to be hounded by reporters awaiting him at every public appearance. The senator also visited the White House to meet with President Obama about immigration reform, a sign that his allies say underscores the strong support he continues to enjoy in his party.

And on Saturday, he boarded a plane to Afghanistan and Pakistan for a Congressional trip that will keep him out of town for a week — long enough, his allies hope, to defuse the interest in his predicament. But the accusations were difficult to shake — even from thousands of miles away.

After Mr. Menendez visited Kabul to meet with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, several news outlets could not resist drawing comparisons between the senator and Mr. Karzai, whose government has faced accusations of corruption.

In some respects, Mr. Menendez has been there before, forced to carry on his duties through tumultuous and even perilous moments in his political career.

If Mr. Menendez manages to get past his latest troubles, friends and associates say, it will be largely because of the survival skills that he honed during his rise, decades long, from working-class Union City.

“I think he has the internal strength to handle these things,” said Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., a New Jersey Democrat who has known Mr. Menendez for more than 30 years. “There is no question in my mind that he draws this from his upbringing.”

The son of Cuban immigrants, Mr. Menendez has spent nearly 40 years methodically ascending the ranks of New Jersey government, campaign by campaign. But if some politicians made their successes look easy, Mr. Menendez showed every scrape and bruise.

His earliest days in politics were hit by controversy. In 1981, when Mr. Menendez was a school board official in Union City, he became an object of scorn by cooperating with federal authorities after discovering that William V. Musto, the mayor and his political mentor, had funneled education money to organized crime. Denounced as disloyal by some in the city’s political establishment, Mr. Menendez wore a bulletproof vest during Mr. Musto’s trial.

Yet he managed to outlast his enemies, waging a successful campaign for election as mayor of Union City in 1985. Mr. Menendez’s stature and power only grew after that as he moved to the State Legislature and then, in 1992, to Washington.

Mr. Menendez rose relatively quickly in the House, where he established himself as one of the party’s biggest fund-raisers, partly because of his ability to tap wealthy Cuban donors in Miami and elsewhere who shared his opposition to the county’s Communist government.

Mr. Menendez was appointed to finish the term of Senator Jon S. Corzine in 2006. The same year, in his first race for the Senate, he faced an ethics investigation that angers Mr. Menendez and associates to this day.

As Election Day approached, Chris Christie, then the United States attorney in Newark, opened an inquiry into a nonprofit community agency that paid Mr. Menendez more than $300,000 in rent at the same time that he was helping the group obtain federal grants.

Republicans seized the issue, saying it raised serious questions about Mr. Menendez’s ethics. But Democrats pushed back, accusing Mr. Christie, now the state’s Republican governor, of a politically motivated inquiry.

In the end, Mr. Menendez won the race and the investigation was eventually closed with no charges filed. A longtime friend said the attacks affected Mr. Menendez deeply.

“I don’t think you become a member of Congress from Hudson County without developing a thick skin,” said the friend, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter. “But these unsubstantiated attacks were personal and beyond the pale.”

In the Senate, his colleagues have praised him as a diligent worker, a savvy politician and, of course, a highly effective fund-raiser. As chairman of the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee, he raised $129.5 million for the midterm election of 2010, an impressive sum even by the standards of Washington.

Mr. Menendez has also shown himself capable of bare-knuckle politics. In one telling example, he delayed confirmation of a nominee for a federal judgeship, apparently because the nominee’s longtime companion had worked for Mr. Christie as he opened the 2006 corruption investigation.“He’s very adept at fighting,” said one New Jersey political ally who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of offending the senator.

(Aides to Mr. Menendez, who eventually withdrew his opposition to the nominee, said the senator had initially been unimpressed after an interview with the person. )

Now, Mr. Menendez faces yet another crisis, this one involving Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye surgeon who has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit the senator and his Democratic allies over a period that stretches to the 1990s.

The relationship between Mr. Menendez and Dr. Melgen has drawn scrutiny since reports surfaced recently that Mr. Menendez had accepted two round-trip flights aboard Dr. Melgen’s jet for vacations in the Dominican Republic in 2010. His aides called the failure to cover the flights an oversight, and last month, Mr. Menendez sent the doctor a check for nearly $60,000.

Mr. Menendez has, in turn, been helpful to Dr. Melgen. He urged American authorities to intervene and help revive a port security contract in the Dominican Republic that would greatly benefit one of Dr. Melgen’s companies.

Mr. Menendez and his allies have rejected any suggestion that he was trying to repay a favor. They are moving aggressively to contain any fallout, recently hiring Stephen M. Ryan, a Washington lawyer whose specialties include dealing with the legal, political and news media repercussions of government investigations. And they say he is the victim of a smear campaign.

Representative Albio Sires, Democrat of New Jersey, a close ally who replaced Mr. Menendez in the House, even suggested that Cuban Communists had had a hand in stoking the latest troubles.

“I would not be surprised if they are behind some of this stuff, some of these allegations,” he told The Star-Ledger of Newark. “The Dominican Republic has a lot of relationships with Cuba.”
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Se empieza a poner el caldo espeso para el Senador Gubano de "Niu-yersei"...

Sen. Menendez-sponsored bill could have aided donor's investment, report says
Published March 04, 2013
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Robert Menendez sponsored legislation with incentives for natural gas vehicle conversions that would benefit the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic, an Associated Press investigation found.
The disclosure reflects the latest intersection between the New Jersey Democrat who is the subject of an ethics inquiry on Capitol Hill and the Florida doctor involved in a federal criminal investigation.
Dr. Salomon Melgen invested in Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. of Weston, Fla., and joined its board of directors in early 2010, according to the company's chief executive and a former company consultant. GFS, as the company is known, designs, manufactures and sells products to convert diesel-fuel fleets to natural gas. The amount of Melgen's investment is confidential under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, but a 2009 document filed with the SEC showed the company required a minimum individual investment at that time of $51,500.
At the same time, Menendez emerged as a principal supporter of a natural gas bill that would boost tax credits and grants to truck and heavy vehicle fleets that converted to alternative fuels. The bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee, and after it was revived in 2012, the NAT GAS Act failed to win the needed 60 votes to pass.
While the bill was under consideration between 2009 and 2011, the former consultant for GFS spent $220,000 lobbying Menendez's staff and other congressional and federal officials on the act's provisions as well as other regulatory issues, according to interviews and Senate records.

There is no evidence that Menendez offered direct help or intervened on behalf of the company or Melgen. Instead, the connection between the two men's interests in natural gas is the latest example of the close symmetry between the senator — who recently rose to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — and his millionaire backer. It illustrates the way Menendez's political clout has at times overlapped with Melgen's financial investments.
In recent weeks, Menendez has acknowledged other dealings with Melgen. Menendez was compelled to reimburse $58,000 for two flights aboard Melgen's private jet that he had previously failed to report, prompting scrutiny by the Senate Ethics Committee. Menendez also acknowledged that his office had contacted U.S. health agencies in 2009 and 2012 to question their billing practices and policies amid a dispute between Melgen, an eye specialist, and federal health authorities. FBI agents in January searched Melgen's offices in Florida and seized files as part of a criminal investigation.
Menendez also raised concerns last year with State and Commerce Department officials about the Dominican Republic's reluctance to enforce a port security contract with a company that Melgen partly owns.
A spokeswoman for Menendez, Patricia Enright, told the AP that the senator supported the natural gas bill to help improve the environment. She said Menendez personally had no known discussions with either Melgen or others associated with GFS concerning the legislation or its impact on the company. She said it was unclear whether the senator will continue to support the bill he had sponsored.
Melgen's attorney in Miami, Kirk Ogrosky, told the AP in a statement that "Dr. Melgen has never discussed his involvement with Gaseous Fuel Systems Corp. with either Sen. Menendez or his staff."
An SEC document filed last week by GFS showed that Melgen remains on the company's board of directors. An earlier document filed by the firm in May 2011 was the first to show Melgen as a director. That SEC record showed a $6 million investment in the firm from two unnamed individuals.
The company's top executive, Ken Green, said Melgen is a key investor but has had no influence on the company's decision-making and has not attended any director's meetings since he joined the firm.
"Dr. Melgen hasn't ever been to our offices, not once," Green told the AP. "He's a passive investor."
Green said the Senate bill that Menendez supported would provide only limited help to his company because most of its provisions are aimed at heavy on-road vehicles like truck rigs and bus fleets. GFS has pioneered an engine conversion system that can be installed on diesel-fueled vehicles, but Green said it is marketed exclusively for off-road equipment, such as massive mining trucks. The tax credits proposed by the bill would do little to offset the cost to buyers of the off-road trucks, which can cost as much as $8 million, Green said.
"This bill won't do much of anything for us," he said.
But in 2010, when Melgen first invested in GFS, the firm was actively considering marketing its natural gas engine devices for on-road vehicles. The bill, both in its 2009 and 2012 versions, authorized changes to IRS rules allowing larger tax credits for on-road, natural gas-supplied trucks and vehicles as well as grants for research. The proposal also urged the Environmental Protection Agency to streamline rules covering the conversion of diesel and gas engines to natural gas and alternative fuels.
GFS said in October 2010 in a press release that its strategy "integrates four related areas of business development," including "on-road coal truck conversions." The release, written by the company's consultant and then-director of strategic projects, Elio Muller, also said that "a vast number of on-road 18-wheeler tractor-trailer trucks hauling coal" in the Appalachian region of Kentucky and West Virginia could be converted to combination diesel-natural gas engines with the GFS system.
Muller, a former Commerce Department official in the Clinton administration involved in several Tampa businesses, said last week that he introduced Melgen to Green and other GFS officials in early 2010. Green also said Muller was instrumental in bringing the company to Melgen's attention. Muller said he has known Melgen from Florida's Democratic political circles dating back to the late 1990s. At one point, Muller drew up plans to start a business, Melgen & Muller Inc., but the men never followed through.
Melgen has made investments in health-related companies since the 1990s, according to SEC reports, but his GFS stake is his only evident natural gas-related investment. Green said he met several times with Melgen and found him to be an "intelligent investor" but could not explain his sudden interest in natural gas.
"I don't know how he found out about natural gas, but he liked what we were doing and thought it was innovative," Green said.
By early 2010, when Melgen formally joined GFS, Menendez had already taken on a key role in backing the natural gas bill, joining Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah as out-front sponsors.
The NAT GAS Act quickly drew energy and environmental battle lines. Oil and alternative energy magnate T. Boone Pickens led corporate natural gas industry backers of the bill, aided by the Obama administration and influential environmental groups. Arrayed against the bill were top oil and coal firms and even some green activists, joined by industrialists David and Charles Koch, whose political action group, Americans for Prosperity, harnessed opposition from conservative groups.
Green said he did not authorize or hire any lobbyists on behalf of GFS because he was skeptical about broadening into the markets for on-road trucks. But he did not block the activities of Muller, who in addition to his consulting role with GFS, had also started his own firm, Diesel 2 Gas. It aimed to license GFS technology and use the firm's parts to outfit on-road trucks.
In June 2010, representing both GFS and Diesel 2 Gas, Muller testified before an EPA panel in Ann Arbor, Mich., about what he called "cumbersome and unnecessary" rules that hurt GFS and other natural gas firms. The EPA agreed to alter its regulations in April 2011.
Between 2009 and 2011, Muller also ran an independent consulting firm, Muller Group Inc., which paid $220,000 to lobbyists from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP to lobby for the NAT GAS Act and related issues.
Muller said he accompanied the lobbyists in at least one meeting with Menendez' staff about the bill but could not recall details. Melgen and Muller joined Menendez at a signing ceremony in Miami in January 2010 for the senator's book, "Growing American Roots." And last June, they joined Menendez at the annual U.S.-Spain Council Annual Forum in Jersey City.
Muller said he did not discuss his lobbying activities with Melgen, even though they were both involved with GFS.
Both Muller and Melgen also have fundraising ties to Menendez. Muller gave $5,000 to Menendez' New Jersey Senate re-election campaign in 2011. Melgen has been a staunch supporter, giving more than $14,000 directly to Menendez since the late 1990s and, through his eye clinic, donating $700,000 last year to a "super" political committee that supported Democratic Senate candidates. The committee, in turn, spent $582,000 to back Menendez' campaign.
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Mar Mar 05, 2013 2:29 pm

Interesate video del cual se desprede que no son faciles de hallar las chicas del Peo de Bob Menedez...


Creen ustedes que la reciente noticia de que las muchachas no existen es una fabricacion?

A mi me parece que si.
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Mensaje por Charlie319 el Lun Jun 24, 2013 2:31 pm

Por lo menos el envejeciente lotario adultero trajo su propia fiambrera, aunque la tipa es casada...  En tiempos de Ahnibal... ahora conocido como "la celestina"...

Revelan escapada de Menéndez a la Isla

24 de junio de 2013 - Política, Puerto Rico - Redacción, EL VOCERO
Senador demócrata protagonizó un romántico fin de semana con una reconocida editora de periódicos casada

Robert Menéndez. EL VOCERO / Archivo





La conducta sexual del senador demócrata Robert Menéndez sigue dando de qué hablar. Ahora resulta que sus más recientes andanzas podrían haberse escenificado en la Isla.
Y es que la versión digital del diario New York Post reveló que en el 2007 Menéndez protagonizó un romántico fin de semana con una reconocida editora de periódicos casada en nada más y nada menos que la casa de playa del Gobernador de Puerto Rico, en Fajardo.
De acuerdo al reportaje, Menéndez y Cecilia Reynolds tomaron un jet privado a la Isla y al arribar se hospedaron en la residencia ejecutiva con el aval del entonces primer mandatario, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá.
El Post obtuvo unas alegadas fotos de la escapada en las que Reynolds posa desnuda en la playa y sonríe para el lente. En otra, la pareja ataviada en pantalones cortos y camisa se abrazan durante lo que aparenta ser una visita a El Yunque.
Se desconoce cómo Menéndez, quien recientemente fue nombrado presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, costeó sus gastos del viaje. Sin embargo, el artículo sí enfatiza que la travesía se produjo en momentos en que este intentaba derrotar el nombramiento de Rosa Emilia Rodríguez como jefa de la Fiscalía federal en Puerto Rico. Posteriormente, esta fue confirmada por el Senado pese a las objeciones de Menéndez. Y en el 2008, AcevedoVilá fue acusado de 19 cargos criminales federales por presuntas irregularidades en sus campañas políticas, por los que fue hallado inocente por un jurado.
Menéndez había estado bajo la mirilla hace unos meses cuando trascendió que un Gran Jurado federal en Miami investigaba el papel del Senador demócrata en los negocios del millonario dominicano Salomón Melgen, donante del legislador e investigado por el FBI, quien le habría pagado viajes a República Dominicana.
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