From the NY Post:
Queens politicians have tried to steer $286,000 in taxpayer money this fiscal year to a charity dedicated to preserving the name of Sean Bell.
But Nicole Paultre-Bell, the founder of the When It's Real It's Forever foundation, has stayed mum on what she'd do with the money.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) earmarked $189,000 in the 2010 federal budget for Paultre-Bell's group, which she founded after her fiancé died in a hail of police bullets outside a Jamaica strip club the night before his wedding in November 2006.
Embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) funneled $75,000 to Paultre-Bell's group through a member-item request.
Meeks and Smith are cofounders of a different charity, the New Direction Local Development Corp., currently under investigation by federal authorities.
Three City Council members -- all from southeast Queens, where Sean Bell grew up -- earmarked $22,000 to send to Paultre-Bell from the city budget. The council members said the money was for community development and to support a local baseball league started by the foundation.
According to tax documents obtained by The Post, the foundation received about $13,000 from undisclosed donors in 2007 and spent about $8,000. No filings could be found for 2008 or 2009.
Paultre-Bell is listed as the foundation president, with two of her family members listed as vice president and secretary.