It was announced yesterday afternoon that Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) for accepting shady campaign donations.
Here’s more about it from CNN:
Among the McAuliffe donations that drew the interest of the investigators was $120,000 from a Chinese businessman, Wang Wenliang, through his U.S. businesses. Wang was previously delegate to China’s National People’s Congress, the country’s ceremonial legislature.
Wang also has been a donor to the Clinton foundation, pledging $2 million. He also has been a prolific donor to other causes, including to New York University, Harvard and environmental issues in Florida.
U.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal, state or local elections. Penalties for violations include fines and/or imprisonment.
But Wang holds U.S. permanent resident status, according to a spokeswoman, which would make him a U.S. person under election law and eligible to donate to McAuliffe’s campaign.
McAuliffe took illegal campaign contributions? Color us shocked! (Not really.) Virginia voters were well aware of this guy’s crooked past and shady financial dealings, and yet, our state voted for him.
Controversy follows McAuliffe wherever he goes. Earlier this year, one of the economic deals he touted in Appomattox–in which he gave a Chinese company $1.4 million to create “hundreds of new jobs”–has yet to materialize. Prior to getting elected in November 2013, McAuliffe’s car company GreenTech was being investigated by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s for “soliciting loans in exchange for “EB-5″ foreign investor US entry visas.” It’s no wonder why the Commonwealth of Virginia, where I reside, saw less than 0.1 percent growth –especially under his tenure as governor.
The former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman and Clinton BFF is a notorious crony capitalist. He’s inclines himself to money like a shark inclines himself to blood. (He even accepted money from the leading GOP candidate during his failed 2009 bid for governor of Virginia.) He prioritized fundraising for the DNC over his family life–leaving his wife and newborn child at the time in the car on one occasion. Without a doubt, McAuliffe’s sleaziness runs deep.
We Virginia voters warned our fellow residents about the dangers of electing Terry McAuliffe. His opponent–the stalwart conservative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli–was the better choice. Sadly, too many Virginia voters bought the 2013 shutdown rhetoric and rejected Cuccinelli’s platform of reform. (He lost to McAuliffe by less than three percent.)
Due to the Republican-controlled General Assembly, McAuliffe has been largely subdued. However, it hasn’t always prevented him from abusing executive privileges. Most recently, McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring civil and voting rights to an estimated 206,000 felons.
McAuliffe should be held accountable for any and all wrongdoing he has committed as governor and as a private citizen. No one is above the law, let alone a carpetbagger from upstate New York.