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Congressional candidate Kevin Calvey's campaign has collected more than $270,000 tied to international business interests, particularly in Russia.
The Oklahoman, August 8, 2010
John Estus and Chris Casteel
Note: Kevin Calvey's brother Michael Calvey has been placed under house arrest in Russia for embezzlement.
08/08/2010 Kevin Calvey's brother is leader in a Russian private equity firm with former KGB head as adviser. View
08/08/2010 Congressional candidate Kevin Calvey's campaign has collected more than $270,000 tied to international business interests, particularly in Russia. View
Michael Calvey confirmed he contacted the following Kevin Calvey campaign donors on his brother's behalf:
Peter Gerwe, founder of a Russian media company Baring Vostok that Michael Calvey once controlled; he has given $1,000. He said of Kevin Calvey: "I looked at his statement, looked at what he stands for, talked to some of his people and put a small amount in."
John Fitzgibbons, founder of two Russian oil and gas corporations; he has given $2,400 and his wife, Christine, has given $2,400. They did not return a message left on their home answering machine.
Charles Ryan, chairman of a Russian asset management firm which owns shares in two Internet companies also owned by Baring Vostok's funds; he and his wife, Caren Sue Lambert, have each given $4,800. Reached by phone last week in Massachusetts, Lambert declined to discuss the donations. "You don't really need to know the connection," she said. "You just need to know that I support Kevin Calvey." Lambert has taught American literature at the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow.
Bernard Sucher, former country head in Russia for Bank of America Merrill Lynch; he gave $2,400. Reached by phone this week in Michigan, Sucher's father said he'd give a reporter's message to his son, who was traveling in Russia. Sucher hasn't returned the message.
Ronald Freeman, a director of Volga Gas, a Baring Vostok-controlled oil and gas company; he gave $2,400. A message left with a London-based spokesman for his employer, Doughty Hanson & Company, was not returned last week.
Arthur Duffy and David Mixer, who work at Rex Capital Advisors, which Duffy's aide said counts Charles Ryan as a client; Duffy gave $2,000 and Mixer gave $2,400. Neither returned messages left for them.