For a brief moment right before the 2012 election, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was the target of reports that he'd used prostitutes during a junket in the Dominican Republic.
That alleged scandal has now been revived from a new angle: Menendez has been accused of accepting improper gifts from a friend, in the form of a private plane flight to the D.R. He did not report the trips, but reimbursed his donor $58,500 on Jan. 4 of 2013. Senate ethics rules require gifts to be either reported or paid for by the recipient.
The flight gift was revealed by an FBI raid on the office of his donor, opthamologist Salomon Melgen. It's not clear what the FBI raid is about, but it's known that the IRS has a lien on Melgen for $1.1 million in unpaid taxes.
Meanwhile Breitbart.com says they have discovered an even worse aspect to the scandal. The website quotes an FBI agent who claims that Menendez himself is being investigated for using underage prostitutes in the D.R.
Menendez's office says that the controversy is being ginned up by "a politically motivated right-wing blog," according to Menendez's office.