Jeff Greene, the eccentric billionaire running for Senate in Florida, has released a new ad calling for an investigation of his opponent in the Democratic Primary, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), over the earmarks the Congressman sought for a developer now facing fraud charges. The ad isn’t targeted at voters, however. It’s up in the DC market, making the case for Congress to look into the matter.
As TPMmuckraker previously reported, Meek is under scrutiny for seeking earmarks for developer Dennis Stackhouse. Stackhouse is now facing fraud charges over a proposed Miami biopharmaceutical complex. According to the Miami Herald, Stackhouse gave a top Meek staffer $13,000 in 2003 for a down payment on a home, and paid Meek’s mother, former congresswoman Carrie Meek, $90,000 for consulting services.
“Congress does nothing and the Meek scandal grows,” the ad says.
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