WASHINGTON — Miami business executive Howard Glicken was charged Thursday with soliciting a $20,000 foreign contribution in 1993 to Democratic election campaigns. Officials said he has agreed to plead guilty.
A two-count criminal information charging violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act was filed in U.S. District Court here by the Justice Department's campaign finance task force.
Glicken did not immediately return calls. Each count against him carries a top penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
The charges said only that Glicken solicited a $20,000 contribution on April 28, 1993, from someone he knew was a foreign national who was not a legal permanent U.S. resident and who thus was barred from making contributions to U.S. election campaigns.
The charges said the donation was made to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The general counsel of the Federal Election Commission concluded in February that there was "reason to believe" Glicken knowingly sought contributions from a German developer, Thomas Kramer.
Kramer's contributions were made before the current probes into foreign donations to President Clinton's 1996 reelection.