Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) was confronted by national bestselling author and journalist Jason Mattera over several unethical practices that he has refused to either explain or apologize for.
Mattera, author of the blockbuster new book CRAPITALISM: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars, caught up with Rep. Meeks and asked him, “How many more scandals do you think you’ll be involved in before your career is up?”
“I’m not in any scandals,” insisted Meeks.
“Oh, you’ve been in plenty, though,” responded the author.
Mattera, who publishes Daily Surge, was referring to a host of controversies and improprieties on the part of the congressman.
These include using his position in Washington, D.C. to do things that the average private citizen couldn’t possibly afford and neither could Meeks, for that matter, if he weren’t a member of Congress.
As Mattera details in CRAPITALISM, Meeks managed to purchase a home $400,000 below the market rate, thanks to the help of a contributor to his campaign. In another questionable move, he found himself under investigation after accepting $40,000 from a donor but failing to report the money as a loan until years later. Meeks also co-founded a charity that has been accused of embezzling $30,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims. And he has raised the eyebrow of other critics with a taxpayer-funded Lexus that has been leased by the federal government at an estimated cost of $1,000 per month.
“There’s the personal loan that you forgot to declare as a personal loan,” pointed out Mattera.
“That’s not a scandal,” answered the congressman.
“Of course it is a scandal,” responded Mattera. “What about the shady home deal? $400,000 below market rate from a campaign contributor?”
“That was not a fact and it was not a campaign contributor,” declared Meeks. (Meeks paid $830,000 for property from a man who’s donated at least six times to his campaign. The appraised value at the time was $1,239,000, prompting even the New York Times to call Meeks out on the sweetheart purchase.)
“The Hurricane Katrina funds that went missing?” asked Mattera.
“There was [sic] no scandals,” repeated the congressman.
The Hurricane Katrina charity that Mattera referenced in the exchange was co-founded by Meeks and Meeks’s good friend, New York State Senator Malcolm Smith. They promised to raise $270,000 for Katrina victims, yet missed their goal by a whopping $230,000. Of the $30,000 Meeks’s charity did secure, less than $2,000 found its way to actual victims. As Mattera writes in CRAPITALISM, “Meeks would later claim he wasn’t responsible for the actions of the charity he helped found, and said he doesn’t know what happened to the money.”
Malcolm Smith, by the way, is currently fighting federal charges that claim he tried to bribe his way onto the Republican ticket for mayor in New York City.
Meanwhile, asked about the aforementioned taxpayer-funded Lexus, “Whatever I do … that is not illegal and is not a scandal,” said Meeks. “There are no scandals … maybe you’re the scandal.”
On multiple occasions, an aide to Meeks attempted to intervene and put at end to the exchange. “Excuse us — this interview is over,” she asserted.
Mattera wrote CRAPITALISM, he has stated, in order to expose the Left’s phony lies and hypocrisy of claiming to stand up for the little guy, but trampling on them every chance they get. Questioning how a member of Congress can use his position to get ahead by way of ethically supicious tactics, he believes, falls perfectly under that category.
“Why does everyone around you seem to be under some sort of investigation?” asked Mattera of Meeks.
After a few moments, the Congressman finally answered. “Because of you and reporters like you,” he pronounced, before boarding an elevator and abruptly putting an end to the questions.
Mattera included a chapter in CRAPITALISM on Meeks because “he’s the worst kind of Crapitalism kingpin.”
“He cheats taxpayers. And he steals goodwill from every aspiring honest politician out there, who has to suffer by comparison.”