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Steve Pigeon facing federal election law violations

Posted at 12:23 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 17:58:01-04

Steve Pigeon, the former Erie County Democratic Chairman, is being slapped with federal charges accusing him of election law violations.

The charges stem from a campaign contribution to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The allegation is that Pigeon helped a Canadian businessman funnel money to the Cuomo campaign.

Paul Cambria, Pigeon's attorney, says this is not an indictment, rather “a federal complaint made by a single FBI agent which is a typical way of starting charges.”

In April, Pigeon and two others were hit with felony charges accusing that they "knowingly and willfully" engaged in illegal campaign coordination.

Pigeon is also awaiting a trial on charges that he bribed former State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek.