A former advisor to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Thomas Lindenfeld, 59, ran a political consulting firm called LSG Strategic Services Corporation. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lindenfeld routed an illegal $1 million campaign contribution to Fattah, who was running for mayor of Philadelphia, in 2007.
Fattah, who federal prosecutors refer to as “Elected Official A” in court documents, then allegedly used his authority with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to attempt to steer federal funding to a company created by Lindenfeld for the purposes of receiving the funding.
Fattah was recently re-elected to Congress. His son, Chaka Fattah Jr., has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges.