Sources anonymously quoted in the Times story alleged Biton raised money for Grimm in the hopes Grimm would help him obtain a green card to stay in the United States legally. If Grimm had intervened to help Biton obtain a green card in return for campaign donations as a Member, that conduct would have been within the OCE’s jurisdiction.
According to his most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission, Grimm’s campaign committee owes $321,000 to Patton Boggs for legal fees.
Democrats said Grimm’s troubles aren’t over.
“Congressman Grimm has already racked up more than $300,000 in legal bills, and that is sure to continue as the FBI continues looking into his potentially illegal campaign fundraising last election,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Grimm can try to spin his way out of this, but that won’t change the fact that he is facing a federal investigation and a mountain of legal bills.”
Grimm represents a competitive district. He is set to face Democratic opponent Mark Murphy, a former Congressional aide and the son of former Rep. John Murphy (D-N.Y.).
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.