Brian Melley / APImaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse with his attorney Thomas O’Brien, right, in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2019. Zuberi pleaded guilty to funneling donations from foreigners to U.S. political campaigns. (Brian Melley / AP)
A California businessman who was a top fundraiser for Democratic and Republican campaigns was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns and take millions of dollars for himself.
“To open doors, I have to donate,” he told The New York Times in 2019. “It’s just a fact of life.”
Zuberi used the name of his dead mother and was secretly reimbursed by foreigners trying to disguise fundraising efforts to sway American police, the LA Times reported.