DEVELOPING: Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin arrested on federal campaign finance charges: report

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin was arrested Tuesday morning on federal charges that he funneled state funds to a real estate developer in exchange for campaign donations, The New York Times reports.

The state’s second-in-line to Governor Kathy Hochul allegedly funneled state funds to a donor while he was in the state Senate, and the investor organized thousands of dollars in contributions to Benjamin’s failed bid for New York City comptroller in the scheme that lasted from 2019 to 2021.

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