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Eric Adams hired her when she was 19. Six and a half years and millions of dollars in mayoral campaign fundraising later, the FBI raided her apartment.
- Chief Fundraiser, Eric Adams 2021 campaign
- Intern, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office
- “Administrative paperwork” on Eric Adams’s 2025 reelection campaign
Brianna Suggs has close family connections with Eric Adams’s inner circle. Ingrid Lewis-Martin reportedly refers to Suggs as her goddaughter, and her father, William Suggs, was a member of Adams’s mayoral transition committee. Suggs began working under Adams as a 19-year-old intern in 2017 and then as a $20-an-hour “community associate” in 2018 when she was a 20-year-old college student and Adams was Brooklyn borough president.
Along the way, Suggs got her college degree from Brooklyn College. Then things got extra weird: As Adams launched his campaign for mayor, he named Suggs—then a 23-year-old with no campaign finance experience—to be in charge of his campaign finances. Recently, Adams has portrayed the move as part of a social-justice agenda: “Often, young African American ladies don’t get the opportunities that others receive in this business of politics,” he said. Adams’s 2021 campaign brought in more than $8 million in private donations.
Not everyone was impressed with Suggs’s suitability for the role. “She’s like a kid,” one source told Politico, adding, “She’s not meticulous.” A source told the Post, “She’s a close person [to Adams and Lewis-Martin] who might not be qualified for the job, that was the vibe.”
Nevertheless, Suggs took the opportunity and ran with it. She made $50,000 working on Adams’s first mayoral campaign, and has made almost $100,000 over the past two years working for his reelection campaign. She made another $100,000 over that time as the sole fundraiser for a political action committee close to Adams, Striving for a Better New York. Adams steered donors to the PAC, whose stated purpose was to support Adams by backing state candidates aligned with his agenda. But after raising more than $1.3 million last year, the group spent more money on its founder, Brooklyn pastor and convicted interstate drug runner Rev. Alfred L Cockfield II and his charter school—than it did on political funding.
On top of her gig as Adams’s campaign rainmaker, Suggs raised cash for the Brooklyn Democratic Party, and registered as a lobbyist. In 2022, the lobbying firm 99 Solutions, run by real estate lobbyist Jacqui Williams, contracted Suggs to lobby Adams—her campaign boss—on behalf of the owners of the East Broadway Mall, according to state lobbying records.
Then, on November 2, FBI agents raided Suggs’s Crown Heights brownstone, seizing electronic devices and files and offering the public the clearest indication yet that Adams’s campaign was under federal criminal investigation. Subsequent reporting suggested that the feds were interested in alleged straw donors with possible ties to the Turkish government.
Suggs did not respond to questions posed through her professional website, LinkedIn, and her lawyer.
When the FBI raided Suggs’s home, Adams immediately cut short a visit to Washington, where he had planned on lobbying federal leaders to do more to help with the City’s migrant crisis. Adams told the press later that he came back because he wanted to comfort his young campaign finance manager after her traumatic experience, but, when pressed, admitted that he didn’t speak with her that day at all.
Regardless, Adams has said he’s sticking with Suggs. “I have full confidence in her,” he told PIX11 the next day. “She has done an amazing job. She will stay with the campaign team.” A few weeks later, Adams clarified that while Suggs is staying on with the campaign, she’s no longer in charge of fundraising. In mid-December, he clarified that her role on the campaign is to be “part of processing” the campaign’s “administrative paperwork.”
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- After FBI Raid, Mayor Adams Says He Rushed Back From D.C. to Do Important Things He Won’t Tell You About and Comfort a Staffer He Hasn’t Spoken With | Hell Gate
- Who is Brianna Suggs, Eric Adams’s 25-Year-Old Chief Fund-Raiser? | The New York Times
- Who is Brianna Suggs? | POLITICO
- Adams has ‘full confidence’ in top fundraiser despite FBI raid | PIX11
- 4 things to know about Brianna Suggs | City & State New York
- Key campaign player for NYC Mayor Adams raised reelection funds while taking money to lobby his office, sparking ethics concerns | NY Daily News
- Eric Adams fundraiser Brianna Suggs, who had home raided by FBI, no longer collecting for mayor | NY Post
Last updated: 12/18/2023
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