Héctor Ferrer received money from Anaudi Hernández
SAN JUAN – Héctor J. Ferrer, the Popular Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for resident commissioner in Washington, D.C., received donations – within the legal limits – from a now-convicted fundraiser when he was running for mayor of San Juan.
According to the list of donations by Anaudi Hernández, who is currently testifying in federal court as part of a trial on public corruption, bribery and extortion under the administration of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, he donated to Ferrer twice, for a total of $625.
The first donation the current PDP candidate for resident commissioner received from Hernández, which was reported as required by political campaign financing law, occurred Nov. 18, 2011, when Ferrer was running for mayor of San Juan .
That first check bounced, and Hernández then wrote Ferrer another check for $625 on Feb. 21, 2012, during the same election cycle in which the party fundraiser became one of García Padilla’s major donors.
Caribbean Business obtained copies of two checks drawn from Hernandez’s account for donations to the Friends of Héctor Ferrer Committee. One was for $425 and another $200 on Aug. 26, 2011.
“At that time, I was running for resident commissioner and that [donation] is reported to the FEC [Federal Election Commission]. I’ll receive the information today and that donation should appear there,” Ferrer told Caribbean Business Wednesday morning. “That was a $200 donation, and according to what my attorney says, donors of $200 or less don’t need to be identified with the FEC.”
On Sunday, Ferrer gave House Speaker Jaime Perelló an ultimatum, to step down within 24 hours for his relationship with Hernández.
“Jaime Perelló has 24 hours to resign,” Ferrer said, following three days of wrangling between party President David Bernier and Perelló for the speaker to resign his post, despite not being charged with a crime, but having close ties with Hernández.
Hernández donated to other politicians
According to Hernández’s list of donations, a copy of which was obtained by Caribbean Business, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was another elected official who legally received a $2,500 donation by the fundraiser on Oct. 11, 2012.
During the trial, federal prosecutors presented testimony that Hernández held a fund-raising event for the San Juan mayor at his mansion in Aguadilla.
Hernández donated another $2,500 to the PDP’s San Juan Municipal Committee on Oct. 11, 2012, as well, according to his list of donations and a document from the Office of the Electoral Comptroller.
Sen. Cirilo Tirado was also favored by Hernández, who gave him a $200 donation on May 27, 2012. The fundraiser testified in federal court that he met with Tirado to push the confirmation of Sally López, a co-defendant in the case, at the Workforce Development Administration (ADL by its Spanish initials).
Perelló, who was finally pushed to resign Monday, received three donations by Hernández. On Nov. 21, 2011, $625; on Feb. 21, 2012, another $625; and on March 3, 2012, $800 more, for a total $2,050, according to the donations list and electoral comptroller’s office.
Former Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá received a donation from Hernández as well, $700 on Oct. 25, 2008 .
Gov. García Padilla received six donations by Hernández between 2010 and 2012 for a total of $2,660.
The PDP fundraiser crossed party lines in 2007 and 2010, donating once each of those years to former New Progressive Party President Rolando Crespo.