CV NEWS FEED // The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with the New York Police Department (NYPD) raided the home of a major Democratic fundraiser close to New York City Mayor Eric Adams Thursday night.
According to The New York Post, the raid on Brianna Suggs’ Brooklyn residence was
connected to a broader public corruption probe by the feds looking into whether money was illegally funneled to Adams’ 2021 mayoral campaign via a Williamsburg-based construction company.
Investigators specifically sought evidence of whether Adams’ campaign conspired with the Turkish government and the construction company to move foreign cash into his campaign accounts by using straw donors.
A straw donor is a person or company who illegally makes a donation with someone else’s money – but using their own name.
The New York Times reported that investigators “sought evidence to support potential charges that included the theft of federal funds and conspiracy to steal federal funds, wire fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, as well as campaign contributions by foreign nationals and conspiracy to make such contributions.”
“Mr. Adams has boasted of his ties to Turkey, most recently during a flag-raising he hosted for the country in Lower Manhattan last week,” continued the Times. “The mayor said that there were probably no other mayors in New York history who had visited Turkey as frequently as he has.”
The Post’s Craig McCarthy described Suggs, 25, as “a recent grad on a meteoric rise in New York City’s Democratic politics.”
McCarthy wrote that Suggs “graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor of science in biology in 2020” and “has close ties to the mayor’s inner circle, including to Ingrid Lewis-Martin, the so-called Lioness of City Hall who acts as Adams’ chief adviser and gatekeeper.”
FOX News reported that a LinkedIn profile “belonging to Suggs had listed her as the ‘Fundraiser and Director of Logistics’ of Adams’ 2021 mayoral campaign.”
“According to campaign finance records, the Adams 2025 campaign also has paid Suggs Solutions LLC $98,286.20,” FOX added.
“The FBI didn’t just raid anyone’s house Thursday,” noted POLITICO. “Adams’ decision to hire Suggs is already raising questions.”
“She was very, very young,” said one donor who directly dealt with Suggs. She was 23 during her involvement with Adams’ 2021 campaign. “What turned some heads is that she was running the whole operation of that campaign, the finance part of it, and she was so young and inexperienced.”
Per law enforcement sources cited by the Post, the raid “was purposely conducted while the mayor was out of town.”
On the day of the raid, Adams traveled to the nation’s capital where he was set to discuss the ongoing migrant cirsis with other big city mayors.
“We are headed to D.C. to meet with our Congressional delegation and the White House to address this real issue of the asylum and migrant issue in our city and we will keep you updated as the day goes,” Adams said Thursday morning while on a plane.
However following the raid, a spokesperson from Adams’ office told FOX: “The mayor returned to New York City to address a matter.”