Perhaps someone with the right connections would be able to pressure the Dominicans into enforcing the contract, which was valued at somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion over 20 years. And that special someone, it seemed, was Salomon E. Melgen, a Dominican-born ophthalmologist and businessman in South Florida, who had acquired a reputation as a powerful and expansive donor to Democratic politicians delos Estados Unidos. Melgen bought a controlling stake in ICSSI. Maybe he could succeed where others had failed.
Last year, in the middle of the presidential election, Melgen’s medical practice donated some $700,000 to Majority PAC, a “super” political action committee founded by former staffers to Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
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