Sen. Charles Schumer has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign
donations from convicted criminals, The Post has found.
Only after told of the donations by The Post did the Schumer campaign say
it would give $17,000 in questionable contributions to charity.
Schumer (D-N.Y.) received $10,000 from officials convicted in connection
with an accounting scandal at Long Island-based Computer Associates,
including $4,000 between 1999 and 2003 from Ira Zar, the company's former
chief financial officer, according to a review of Schumer's
Zar pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy, securities fraud and obstruction
of a federal probe into an accounting scandal at Computer Associates.
Schumer also received thousands of dollars from two other Computer
Associates execs: David Kaplan, a former VP of finance who pleaded guilty
to obstruction and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and Lloyd
Silverstein, a former finance executive who pleaded guilty to obstruction
The incumbent senator also accepted $2,000 from George Lindemann Jr., who
was convicted in 1996 of ordering the killing of a show horse in order to
collect insurance money.
In addition, Schumer accepted $4,000 from Solomon Weiss, a former Warner
Communications executive convicted of taking bribes.
And he received $1,000 from former Court of Appeals Chief Justice Sol
Wachtler, who was convicted of stalking his mistress and threatening to
kidnap her daughter.
A Schumer aide said the senator will give all six of the crooks'
contributions to charity.
Campaign aides to Schumer's Republican opponent, upstate Assemblyman Howard
Mills, noted that the latest disclosure comes after Schumer agreed to
return nearly $20,000 to the federal government after billing taxpayers for
35 trips that were political in nature.
"The more you know about Chuck Schumer, the more questions you have about
how he conducts his affairs," said Mills campaign spokeswoman Caroline