All Dan Benjamin wants is his money. And the Dead Beat Congressman Who Owes him and has Owed Him For 4 Years is Oregon’s David Wu. Not to worry because he has never met any spending bill he didn’t love the only problem is he and his wife are not a government entity and when they BOUNCE CHECKS or even WRITE BAD CHECKS to pay for anything they can GO TO JAIL!!’
HERE IS THE POLITICO STORY…
Benjamin, a contractor who owns Sundance Contracting, did some work in 2006 and 2007 for Michelle Wu, wife of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) and then an interior decorator on Capitol Hill.
Benjamin, who has done work for CNN’s Paul Steinhauser, D.C. Superior Court Judge Noel Johnson and D.C. City Councilman Tommy Wells’s chief of staff, was named one of the best contractors in D.C. in 2009 by the Washington City Paper’s readers.
He says Wu approached him to do “substantial renovation” in her residence, as well as some carpentry in her office and some work for a mutual client. The work for Wu, Benjamin says, was about $12,000.
“She bounced checks to me,” Benjamin tells Shenanigans. “She promised to pay me back, and she never did. I [had to] take her to court to get a judgment, and I still have not gotten paid,” he says.
The D.C. Superior Court ruled that Wu — who didn’t show up — owes Benjamin $10,652.45, according to a copy of the judgment. That’s $9,263.00 plus $1,389.45 for late fees. (He’s willing to cut his losses on the remainder.)
“At first, she was promising to pay,” Benjamin says.
When Shenanigans talked to Wu last November, she said it was a result of “a business that went bad” and that she was “going to talk to my family” to get things resolved. Clearly, that didn’t happen.
“After she bounced her checks to me, she offered to replace them. … She signed my document that was notarized, which stated she accrued debt,” Benjamin says. “As a fellow Capitol Hill resident, I’d see her and she’d say, ‘Oh, I’m trying; I’m talking to my Dad’ and ‘Oh, I’m working on it,’ and ‘Dan, you’re first on my list.’” She also asked Benjamin to finish the renovations, he said, but he, naturally, declined.
“The only way I can afford to chase after her is to have a lawyer do this on contingency,” he adds, mentioning that the lawyer will take 25 percent of whatever he gets.
Benjamin says he saw her standing in line at a Barbara Walters book signing last year in May. “I pulled her out of line and started talking to her,” he says. “She said she was working on it. I also contacted her husband’s office and spoke to them and sent a certified letter” to Wu’s office.
Still — nothing.
Benjamin, who also does pro bono work for needy Capitol Hillers, adds that he’s a Democrat — like her husband — but this ain’t politics; it’s business. “I’m going to do what I can to get my money … whatever it takes.”
Michelle Wu could not be reached in numerous attempts to contact her. Rep. David Wu’s office had “no comment.”