The Democratic National Committee is throwing a Thursday fundraiser at the Miami home of the founder of Lumber Liquidators, which earlier this year was ordered to pay millions for lying to investors about selling formaldehyde-laden flooring imported from China.
The fundraiser at the home of Thomas Sullivan, a longtime Democratic donor who founded Lumber Liquidators, will take place in between the DNC’s two presidential primary debates this week in Miami. It also takes place just four months after Sullivan’s former company agreed to pay a $33 million penalty to the Department of Justice for lying to investigators in the aftermath of an undercover 60 Minutes investigation into the “astonishingly high levels” of cancer-causing formaldehyde in its Chinese-made flooring.
Sullivan led Lumber Liquidators from 1994, when he founded the company, through 2017, when he resigned from the board of directors. He was featured in the 60 Minutes exposé, telling host Anderson Cooper that the many tests indicating formaldehyde in its Chinese-made products far above the legal limit were wrong.
The show’s investigators tested laminate flooring from stores across the country and found nearly all of it to be loaded with formaldehyde. They also traveled to China, where factories openly admitted using boards with high formaldehyde levels and falsely labeling them as compliant.
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