Anthony Weiner may have violated federal law when he failed to disclose his lavish six-figure wedding in his financial disclosure forms, says a government accountability group.
Ethics watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center examined the federal Financial Disclosure Reports for both Weiner and long-suffering wife Huma Abedin for 2010, the year of their wedding.
The cost for the ceremony was at least $100,000 but probably ran closer to $250,000 including all accommodations, clothing and extras. Neither Weiner nor Abedin had the resources to pay for the ultra-expensive wedding, yet neither recorded gifts on their Financial Disclosure Reports for that year.
NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm stated, ďKnowingly filing a materially false Financial Disclosure Report not only violates the Ethics in Government Act but also the False Statements Accountability Act, a federal criminal statute. The public is entitled to know who paid the hundreds of thousands of dollars it apparently cost for Weiner to pay for such an extravagant wedding reception. Weiner is not above the law.Ē
Abedin and Weiner were married in Oheka Castle on Long Island in 2010, which was ďLong Islandís most expensive wedding venue,Ē according to Newsday in January 2011. ďThe average wedding cost ó $100,000 ó does not include flowers, photography, band and hotel rooms.Ē
Abedinís wedding dress may have been almost as expensive as the wedding. Made by world-famous designer and dressmaker to Hillary Clinton, Oscar de la Renta, the custom dress would have gone for over $50,000.
Another Clintonite, Bryan Rafanelli, was the wedding planner, some three weeks before he did Chelsea Clintonís nuptials. The event was officiated by Bill Clinton, even though according to state law Clinton could not legally perform the marriage.