Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CAMGATE: FBI now focusing on Cam Newton’s ties to indicted lobbyist and Auburn booster

image is reporting this afternoon that the FBI’s investigation into CamGate has turned its focus on Milton McGregor, the wealthy Auburn alumnus, booster and lobbyist.

 McGregor was indicted early last month, along with 11 other lobbyists and state legislators, following a wide ranging investigation into political corruption.

Earlier this week, the FBI interviewed John Bond, the former Mississippi State Quarterback who first revealed that he had been approached by someone offering the star player’s services for cash.

via the TMZ story:

According to sources connected to the probe ... FBI agents looking into the Newton recruiting controversy are also asking about Milton McGregor -- a dog track owner arrested last month for allegedly bribing Alabama politicians to vote pro gambling.

We're told agents asked someone connected to the Newton case if he was familiar with McGregor or the bribery scandal.

It's unclear what, if any, direct connection McGregor has to Newton. Back in 2008, McGregor did donate a million bucks toward construction of a new arena at Auburn.

McGregor did not return a call for comment.

McGregor is also closely tied with Bobby Lowder, CEO of the failed Colonial BancGroup, which went belly-up in 2009 and became the largest bank failure of the year.  Lowder is a long standing member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees and has been accused of meddling in (even micromanaging) affairs at the university.

Another day, another bombshell.

For those who might question TMZ’s credibility, remember that it was the site that first revealed the FBI’s interest in the scandal. It’s also the site that broke the Tiger Woods story.


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