Rep. Joseph Crowley, who serves as Queens Democratic leader, is using campaign funds to rent office space in a family-owned property outside his district, records show.
Crowley has paid at least $69,700 since 2007 to Killean Enterprises LLC, which is controlled by his brother, lobbyist John “Sean” Crowley.
As chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Joseph Crowley is the fourth-highest ranking member of his party in the House.
“This, without a doubt, raises red flags about conflicts of interest,” said John Kaehny, chairman of the NYC Transparency Working Group.
“As an important public official, you want to be above suspicion, not raising suspicion.”
The campaign office in Elmhurst is about 10 blocks outside Crowley’s congressional district.
But as party boss, he already has space at Queens Democratic headquarters in Forest Hills three miles from the Elmhurst office.
“It’s not physically in his district — that would be a key point,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center. “What he uses it for — it’s as old as politics — it’s called a slush fund. And what do you know? It goes to a family-connected entity.”
The Elmhurst address is also home to Crowley & Kaufman, the law firm of Crowley’s campaign treasurer, Scott Kaufman, an attorney who since 2006 has raked in at least $550,000 in fees via appointments from Queens Surrogate’s Court.
Joe ran away from reporters asking questions about this.