If the government’s assertions are true, Allen Stanford presided over a Ponzi scheme second only to Bernard Madoff’s in U.S. history. Stanford also sought to cultivate influence in Washington. Most of his campaign contributions occurred in two periods when his interests in legislation peaked: 2001-2002 and 2005-2008.

SOURCE: Stanford Financial Group documents and the court-appointed receiver’s office | The Washington Post May 16, 2011
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