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AG to forgo contributions from Fla. doctor in FBI crosshairs

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will donate $12,500

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will donate $12,500 in contributions to charities helping superstorm Sandy victims. The funds came from a Florida doctor who is the subject of an FBI investigation. (Sept. 19, 2012) (Credit: Charles Eckert)

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will give up $12,500 in contributions from a Florida doctor who is the subject of an FBI investigation, donating the money to a charities helping superstorm Sandy victims, his campaign said Thursday.

The focus of the FBI probe is Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach eye doctor; Florida media have been covering the alleged details, here and here.

Melgen has been an associate of, and contributor to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) over the years. But he’s also made numerous contributions to many Democrats around the country, according to reports. Since August, Melgen has made two donations to Schneiderman totaling $12,500 — which the AG says he’ll now forgo.

“In light of reports that Dr. Melgen is the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation, we have decided, out of an abundance of caution, to donate the full amount of this individual's contribution to charities helping New Yorkers recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Schneiderman 2014, the attorney general’s campaign committee, said in an email.

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