From left: Comptroller John Liu and McSam Hotel Group CEO Sam ChangJust as investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s office have been probing campaign contributions to Comptroller John Liu, the New York Post has found connections between at least $29,600 worth of donations and boutique hotelier Sam Chang.
Liu’s campaign has been under investigation, and fund-raiser Xing Wu Pan was arrested for allegedly using straw donors to hide contributions that exceeded the $4,950 limit mandated by city laws.
Records show Chang donated $800 July 1. One employee of the McSam Hotel Group donated $800 in June and six more employees of the McSam Hotel Group each donated $800 July 9.
Further, 29 people who earn paychecks from Chang made contributions of equal amounts earlier this year. They include six employees of a Chang-controlled Comfort Inn in Flushing, who donated July 9, and 19 employees of the Fresh Meadows-based W&L Construction Firm, which has done contract work on Chang properties throughout the city. Finally, two architects and two plumbers who have worked on McSam properties were also contributors.
The Post said there is no indication the U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating Chang. [Post]