He's been giving huge sums to the Republican party for years. He sits on committees and picks up honors from the New York Republican party. But he lives in a "scrubby" part of town, orders Chinese in (and "sometimes antipasto"), has a false resume, a bunch of apparently fake businesses, and he refuses to answer questions or talk to reporters.
According to documents at the New York Department of State, Mr. Williams has formed at least 25 companies, most of them based at his apartment on 170th Street in Jamaica. But there is little evidence of their existing beyond incorporation papers, and most are now inactive.
Records also show he described himself as a lawyer, though the school he says he attended — Indiana University — has no record of it. The law firm he indicated he worked for says it never employed him.
And despite the donations he has showered on politicians of both parties, those who have received the contributions say they have little idea of how he makes his money.
The New York Times asked Republican Party officials how Mr. Williams was selected for appointment to the panel by Mr. Cox, known as the Chairman’s Advisory Council, and for the honor of corporate citizen. ...NYT
The Republican party couldn't answer. The FBI is investigating but not commenting.
The companies he controls, most of them in his apartment, have names that indicate interest in a range of things, like trucking, electrical supplies and construction, and the contributions are often drawn from them. But there is little evidence that any of the firms have created jobs for anyone besides Mr. Williams and a woman, Barbara Brunson, who also lives in Suite 5L.
In fact, the phone number listed in incorporation records for three of the companies is actually registered to his upstairs neighbor, Dutelle Achoute. In an interview, Ms. Achoute said she had no idea who Mr. Williams was and expressed surprise that her number was listed for the companies. ...NYT
All this may further illuminate the need for the "disclose" legislation that Republicans seem so reluctant to embrace.