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Rep. Chris Collins, a Donald Trump ally under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, loses millions as Innate Immunotherapeutics’ Stock Collapses.

UPDATE: Just as Australian stock markets opened on Tuesday morning, Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Australian drug company at the center of an insider trading scandal, announced that its key medication had failed clinical trials. The announcement led to a precipitous fall in stock value as investors rushed to sell off holdings. By the end of the day Innate stock was worth about 3.5 cents.

As dramatic as this event was for the average shareholder, it was perhaps all the more dramatic for NY Rep. Chris Collins, who has been under investigation since May by the Office of Congressional Ethics for his role in pumping investment in Innate through a private stock placement and pushing legislation that would benefit the company. As Innate’s largest shareholder Collins “suffered a paper loss” of over $16 million based on the stock value at the time of collapse.

Collins originally bragged of making millionaires in Buffalo in a few months – 8 of Innate’s top 20 investors came from Western New York – but now has potentially cost the Buffalo elite he enriched millions in just a day, all while making them central to the OCE investigation.

See our original research on Chris Collins’ stock scheme in the Buffalo News and the follow up on the investigation on our blog, Eyes on the Ties.

The table below details Innate investors and their contributions to Collins’ campaigns as well as other ties to the Congressman.

Name Bio Connection to Collins
Caitlin Collins Associate, Phillips Lytle, LLP Collins’ daughter; Donated $5,000 to Collins’ capaigns; Phillips Lytle has donated at least $44,000
Christopher Graham President, Volland Electric Collins is a partner at Volland and owns between $5 million and $25 million in equity; Volland has donated at least $20,000 to Collins
Brian Geary Executive, Bloch Industries Donated $2,000 to Collins; Collins is chairman of Bloch Industries and owns between $500,000 and $1 million in equity
Brian Lipke Former CEO, Gibraltar Industries Lipke has donated $20,000 to Collins’ campaigns; Gibraltar has donated $5,500; Collins owns between $250,000 and $500,000 in Gibraltar equity
Paul Harder Former CEO, Cliffstar; former CEO, Clinical Support Services; Manager, Uniland Development Harder and his wife have donated at least $32,200 to Collins
Robert Stevenson President, Eastman Machine Stevenson has donated $15,800 to Collins and Eastman Machine has donated $10,000
Paul Reid CEO, Reid Petroleum Donated $17,000 to Collins’ campaigns
Glenn Arthurs Managing Director, Arthurs Malof Group, UBS Donated $8,300 to Collins’ campaigns; Arthurs’ son Donald is also invested in Innate
Phillip Delmont Parter, Harter, Secrest, and Emery, LLP Harter, Secrest, and Emery has donated $3,500 to Collins’ campaigns
William Grove Retired Donated $2,740 to Collins; Collins holds a mortgage between $100,000 and $250,000 on Grove’s Venice, Florida house
Thomas Massung Former SVP, M&T Bank Donated $1,300 to Collins
Bill Paxon Senior advisor, Akin Gump Donated $1,000 to Collins
Mark Lema Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Donated $500 to Collins

All the Buffalo-area investors who took part in the Innate Immunotherapeutics private placements in 2016 and their various connections to Collins can be seen in the map embedded below.