There is much that is not known about James Robert Williams, who has somehow become a major political benefactor despite living in a rather humble section of Queens.
By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ, ALISON LEIGH COWAN and JO CRAVEN McGINTY, The New York Times
It is a small apartment in a scrubby section of Jamaica, Queens, where the average household income is $33,800 and many residents receive government assistance.
But from this unlikely address, nearly $900,000 has flowed to the campaign accounts of powerful political players across the country.
It is hard to say where the big sums are coming from.
Neighbors describe the man who lives inside — James Robert Williams, 64 — as a reclusive figure who walks with a cane and orders Chinese food for many of his meals.
Yet Mr. Williams, who has few apparent assets and no obvious source of income, has become a major benefactor to political candidates and risen to V.I.P. status in New York Republican circles.