Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King has received more than $35,000 in campaign contributions from an address in the U.S. Virgin Islands that also is listed as the address of a convicted sex offender who years ago bought property in Stanley from King’s family.
Jeffrey Epstein, 61, is listed in the New York state sex offender registry as residing at 6100 Red Hook Quarter B3, St. Thomas Virgin Islands. He was convicted in 2008 of soliciting sex from girls as young as 14. Police said Epstein had sex with five teenagers he hired to give him massages at his Florida home.
More than $30,000 in contributions listed in King’s latest campaign finance report, filed Monday, came from several businesses using Epstein’s address. These include $10,200 from JEGE LLC; $5,200 from Maple Inc.; and $5,000 each from FT Real Estate, Laurel Inc. and Nautilus Inc. Earlier this year, King received another contribution from a business at the same address — $5,200 from Neptune LLC.
King received an additional contribution from the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this year when SourcePoint, a company that leases slot machines to casinos, gave his campaign $5,000. SourcePoint, however, did not use the Red Hook Quarter address.
A spokesman for the King campaign said Monday, “If anything is found to be improper about any contribution, they will be returned or donated to charity.”
If that happens, it wouldn’t be the first time King returns campaign money linked to Epstein.
In 2006, following Epstein’s arrest, King gave back $15,000 that an Epstein company called The Zorro Trust had contributed to his campaign for attorney general. In addition, Democratic politicians from Bill Richardson down to the Santa Fe County sheriff returned Epstein campaign contributions.
King said at the time, “I don’t think I’ve ever met him personally. He knows other members of my family better.”
Epstein had purchased his 10,000-acre Zorro Ranch in Stanley from King’s father, former Gov. Bruce King, in 1993.
In 2006, then-Gov. Bill Richardson donated $50,000 in Epstein campaign contributions to charity.
In 2011, Epstein, after serving an 18-month prison sentence, told the New York Post, “I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender, It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.”
But the Post noted that a New York judge had ruled a month before that Epstein was “the most dangerous kind of sex offender: a Level 3.” In New York, that means he is at high risk to repeat his offense and poses a threat to public safety.
The 23,000-square-foot hilltop mansion Epstein built in New Mexico, which was twice the size of the second-largest home in Santa Fe County, was thought at that time to be the biggest house in the state. It’s not clear whether Epstein still owns that property.
Epstein appears in sex offender registries in Florida, the Virgin Islands and New York, where he also has a residence. New York’s registry is the only one that lists his actual address.
A 1995 report in The New Mexican, when Epstein submitted plans for his house to the County Commission, said “The main house will be similar to a Mexican hacienda, with an open-air entry into a courtyard with high-ceiling hallways, stone columns and a central fountain. The living room will measure about 2,100-square-feet, larger than the average house in Santa Fe County. The home will have an elevator, eight bathrooms, four fireplaces and three bedrooms.”
Epstein got a county permit to build a small airplane hangar and maintained an air strip on the ranch.
In 2006, Santa Fe County appraised the structures on the Zorro Ranch at $16.6 million.