On Thursday, federal agents raided the home of Brianna Suggs—a close friend and top fundraiser to New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Suggs, who resides in Brooklyn, had to suddenly leave a planned White House meeting in D.C. to fly home to deal with the shocking search.
Suggs is a campaign consultant to Adams who has helped raised money for during his election and lobbied Adams’s administration in the interest of corporate clients. Suggs has worked with Adams since around 2017, when he served as Brooklyn Borough President.
Per Suggs’s LinkedIn profile, she claims to have helped raise more than $18.4 million for his primary and general elections combined. A law enforcement official confirmed the raid happened but insisted on staying anonymous. They did not confirm or deny if Suggs was the target of an investigation.
Additionally, an attorney for the Adams campaign stated that Adams was not contacted as part of the inquiry. “The campaign has always held itself to the highest standards,” Vito Pitta explained. “The campaign will of course comply with any inquiries, as appropriate.”
News of the raid broke right after Adams shared that he needed to return to New York City while on a Washington D.C. trip to “deal with a matter.” Suggs’s fundraising efforts have been criticized by various groups, though she has always insisted that she did nothing wrong.
Earlier this year, six people were charged in a straw donor conspiracy scheme to divert tens of thousands of dollars to Adams’ campaign. However, those charges were filed in state court and the mayor was never directly implicated.
Adams’s former city buildings commissioner under Eric Ulrich was charged in September with using his position to hand out favors—like meetings with the mayor—in exchange for cash and other bribes.