FBI Searches Home of Congressman’s Daughter: Business Ties Investigated

Oct 16, 2006 6:05pm

Federal agents searched the home of Rep. Curt Weldon’s daughter today, as part of an investigation into whether the congressman improperly used his influence to help her get a contract, sources tell ABC News.

Agents collected evidence at Karen Weldon’s home in Pennsylvania as well as at the home of Charlie Sexton, her business associate and a longtime friend of the congressman.

The FBI also searched the offices of their lobbying firm, Solutions North America, and the Jacksonville, Fla., offices of Itera Energy, a Russian energy firm.

Rep. Weldon (R-PA) has denied any wrongdoing.

Investigators are looking for any dealings he may have had with Solutions North America or Itera Energy.

The investigation was first requested by the activist group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which sent a letter to the Justice Department in 2004.

In the letter, CREW alleged that Rep. Weldon used his position to assist foreign companies for which his daughter was a lobbyist.  CREW says those companies included a Russian aerospace manufacturer and a Russian natural gas company.

Rep. Weldon has long been involved in Russian issues and has many contacts in the Russian business community.

He is locked in a tight race for reelection.

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