Fortuño committee rejected Anaudi Hernández’s fundraising proposals
SAN JUAN – Former Gov. Luis Fortuño, of the New Progressive Party (NPP), said Saturday that, when he was running for reelection, his campaign finance committee approached by the now convicted businessman and former Popular Democratic Party (PDP) fundraiser Anaudi Hernández, but it always declined his services.
“[Hernández] offered me on more than one occasion, through various channels, to carry out fundraising events, which we always declined. We had a system throughout the island to verify the information on who offered [money and events], because in the majority of cases, we didn’t know who they were,” the former governor said after his participation an NPP convention forum Saturday about Promesa’s impact and the resident commissioner’s role in Puerto Rico’s economic development.
Fortuño said that his finance committee was approached and, after investigating Hernández’s background, informed him that the businessman “didn’t have the best reputation,” so they rejected him.
The former governor criticized that Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and his family had “gone further.” Not only did they accept fundraising events, he said, “they went to Paris [with Hernández]. In my eight years in public office I never vacationed with anyone who wasn’t part of my immediate family. And I bought my suits at outlets [discount stores],” Fortuño added.
Hernández pled guilty on 14 charges of government corruption and is a key witness in a trial against others accused.