In recent years both former Presidents Clinton and Bush have attended Starkey Hearing Foundation’s annual star-studded “Awards” Gala, and both have received millions in dollars for their respective “foundations,” the former under an FBI money laundering and public corruption investigation. However on June 21st US Attorney Andrew Luger moved the wrongful termination suits filed against Starkey by fired COO Keith Guggenberger, and executive assistant Julie Miller, from Judge Kevin Burke’s Hennepin County courtroom to Federal District Court on the grounds that Guggenberger’s & Miller’s motions for discovery would interfere into Starkey’s own FBI & IRS money laundering probes, as we have previously documented.
According to Roger Friedman in Clinton and Bush Foundations Received Millions from Midwest Charity Now Part of Federal Investigation:
The politicians — or rather their charities– have been well paid for [attending past galas]. The Starkey Foundation’s tax filings show that over the last four years they’ve given $2.2 million to the Clinton Foundation, $1.5 million to the George W Bush Library, and close to $700,000 to Global Health Corps, a $5 million foundation run by Bush’s daughter Barbara.
But politicians are staying away this year as Starkey sorts out being part of an ongoing federal investigation led by dogged US Attorney Andrew Luger. There are also whispers of a sitting grand jury.
After Friedman’s recap of what we’ve previously documented, he continues:
But things have taken a turn– on June 21, two of the fired execs saw the cases against them moved to federal court from state court by US Attorney Andrew Luger. Luger had previously tried to stop discovery in the cases, claiming it was interfering with his own Starkey related investigations. But when Luger’s motion was denied he had the cases moved. (A third case is pending mediation.)
So now a federal investigation regarding Starkey is moving forward, with word of a grand jury that’s been meeting for months regarding the fired executives. News of the grand jury– which is supposed to be secret– apparently came out in papers filed by Starkey and Austin. That news, and the new attention of the US Attorney, means there’s no donation big enough to lure any Clintons or Bush back to Eden Prairie this summer.
The “Awards” gala will be held Sunday at Saint Paul RiverCentre.