New York State’s attorney general is investigating the financing of politically active nonprofit groups, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, according to The New York Times.
Eric T. Schneiderman’s office issued a subpoena Tuesday seeking e-mails, bank records, and other documents from the National Chamber Foundation, a Chamber of Commerce affiliate. The probe aims to determine whether the foundation funneled $18-million to the chamber for political and lobbying activities in the form of an ostensible loan, sources familiar with the matter told the Times.
The attorney general is also examining ties between the Chamber Foundation and the Starr Foundation, which made large grants to the chamber affiliate in the period during which it loaned money to the chamber proper.
Spokespersons for both the chamber and Mr. Schneiderman declined to comment.