Sugar Magnates Threaten Congressional Candidate With Lawsuit Over Campaign Literature

Will Bredderman in the Observer reports: “A major sugar conglomerate is demanding a candidate for retiring Congressman Charles Rangel‘s seat stop attacking one of his rivals for taking its money.

The Observer obtained a cease-and-desist letter that an attorney for the Fanjul Corp.—owner of Domino and Florida Crystals, among other brands—shot off toAssemblyman Keith Wright, Rangel’s favored successor. The corporation, belonging to a trio of Cuban-born brothers, demanded Wright stop circulating literature highlighting its long history of alleged labor violations and the $13,500 the Fanjul family donated to State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s bid for the same House seat.

The lawyer, Lawrence Norton of the D.C.-based firm Venable LLP, took particular issue with the mailer’s claim that “Fanjul Corp. was Adriano Espaillat’s single largest donor.”

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