FBI Investigation of McAuliffe Illegal Foreign Cash May Broaden to 2009
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An ongoing FBI investigation is looking into the possibility that donations to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign may have come from foreign nationals. That is against the law.
Further, similar donations to McAuliffe’s unsuccessful 2009 campaign for governor may also end up causing problems for him, and possibly a greater political problem for Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a long time friend and ally of McAuliffe.
The focus of the investigation may be whether $120,000 in contributions made to McAuliffe’s successful 2013 campaign for governor of Virginia by Chinese billionaire Wang Wenliang through a company he owns in America are legal.
Before his election, McAuliffe served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005. He was the leading fundraiser for Bill Clinton’s campaign for president in 1992, served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign.
“Federal investigators are looking broadly at donations to McAuliffe and at his personal finances,” the Washington Post reports.