Albany Times Union (Lyons and Odato): Sweeney connections to lobbyist examined
A federal criminal investigation is focusing on the relationship of lobbyist William D. Powers and former U.S. Rep. John E. Sweeney in connection with a series of federal grants that were steered to Powers’ clients, according to several people familiar with the probe. The probe is being overseen by the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C. Several people familiar with the case said it is centered on a period when Powers’ clients received the earmarks while Sweeney’s then-wife, Gayle, was working for Powers’ Albany-based lobbying firm. Armed with a search warrant, federal attorneys and FBI agents from Albany and Washington appeared at Powers & Co.’s 90 State St. office building on Friday. They confiscated files and interviewed employees who were encouraged to remain in the office during the search. It’s not clear whether Powers was present.
NY Times (Danny Hakim): Lobbying Investigation Prompts Raid of Albany Firm
NY Sun (Jacob Gershman): FBI Albany Raid Seen as Part of Wider Probe
Daily News (Elizabeth Benjamin): Feds raid office of GOP big, probe ties to fallen pol