Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) accepted $4,000 in dirty money from Pakistan laundered through straw donors to influence U.S. policy on Kashmir. This is a highly disputed region claimed by both Pakistan and India and the flashpoint for numerous wars between the two nuclear states. Pitts says he donated the funds to charity after the FBI made public its investigation and arrested one of the intermediaries who was working for Pakistan’s ISI.
Both Mr. Fai and Mr. Ahmad also donated to Representative Joe Pitts, a Pennsylvania Republican who visited the region in 2001 and 2004, meeting with Pakistani and Indian leaders and calling for a cease-fire. He also introduced a resolution in 2004 calling for President George W. Bush to appoint a special envoy to help negotiate peace.
A spokesman for Mr. Pitts said he had donated $4,000 – an amount equal to the donations his campaign received from the two defendants – to local charities in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Among the evidence that Mr. Fai was working for Pakistan, the affidavit said, are annual budget requests he allegedly submitted to his handlers along with lists of accomplishments and strategic-planning documents. Other documents and intercepts showed that they sometimes quarreled over reimbursing him for the costs of trips or about contracts for which he had not gotten advance approval.