RPV Calls On Terry McAuliffe To Return His Tainted Money From Jeffrey Thompson
With news out today
about Terry McAuliffe's
former employer being the
largest recipient of
campaign donations from
what federal prosecutors
are calling an "assembly
line for illegal campaign
Republican Party of
Virginia is calling on
Terry McAuliffe to do as
other Democrats have done
and dump the contribution.
"Terry McAuliffe continues to tout himself as a leader on ethics, but he hasn't put his money where his mouth is," said Virginia Republican Party spokesman Jahan Wilcox. "Terry McAuliffe has not done what fellow Democrats Barack Obama, Tim Kaine and Martin O'Malley have done, which is to dump donations from Jeffrey Thompson who has been accused of operating an illegal shadow campaign to elect D.C.'s mayor. Terry McAuliffe talks a good game on ethics reform, but the prime mover behind an illegal campaign contribution swap to benefit his union buddies and the booking agent for the Lincoln Bedroom will never be able to disguise his long record shady campaign finance dealings. Terry McAuliffe should have dumped Jeffrey Thompson's donation over a year ago and his failure to do so says a lot about his ethics."
Thompson's Firm Had Received Roughly $69 Million In Local & Federal Contracts In The Last Decade. "Thompson, an accountant by training, was until recently a major power player in D.C. local politics. Some associates called him "governor" as a nod to his outsized, behind-the-scenes political power. While he was at the helm of Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, the firm received more than $50 million in D.C. government contracts in the last decade. On the federal side, the firm has won more than 50 contracts worth roughly $19 million since 2001, according to USAspending.gov." (Alan Suderman And Ben Wieder, Clinton Supporter Suspected Of Illegal Donations, Center For Public Integrity, 07/12/13)
Jeffrey Thompson Contributed $2,500 To Terry McAuliffe's Gubernatorial Campaign On June 5, 2009. (The Virginia Public Access Project Website, www.vpap.org, Accessed 7/12/13)
Asked About Jeffrey Thompson's Donation To McAuliffe, A McAuliffe Spokesman Said No One Had Asked Them About It. "Mr. Thompson also donated $2,500 To The 2009 Gubernatorial Campaign Of Terry McAuliffe. A Spokesman For Mr. McAuliffe said he has not received any inquiries about the donations." (David Sherfinski, "Probed D.C. Donor Also Gave In Virginia," The Washington Times, 4/17/12)
Earlier This Year McAuliffe Attended A Fundraiser With "A Well Known Lobbyist Who Had An Unusually Close Relationship With Jeffrey Thompson. "Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans are co-hosting a downtown fundraiser for McAuliffe, according to an invite to the event. Joining the councilmembers as co-hosts are MaryEva Candon, a longtime local Democratic party operative, former Councilmember Arrington Dixon, and David Wilmot, a well-known lobbyist who had an unusually close relationship with Jeff Thompson, the alleged financier of what the feds say was an illegal "shadow campaign" for Mayor Vince Gray. (Campaign records show that Thompson gave $2,500 to McAuliffe's failed 2009 gubernatorial run in June of that year. Six days later, Wilmot donated $1,000 from a business whose bank account Thompson put money in; a company Wilmot owns called Autopark, that Thompson used be part owner of, gave $1,000; and an executive at an embattled Wilmot-owned group-home company gave $500.)" (Alan Suderman, "D.C. Politicos Raising Money For Virginia's McAuliffe," Washington City Paper, 4/1/13)
David W. Wilmot & Associates Contributed $1,000 To Terry McAuliffe On June 11th, 2009 & $2,000 To McAuliffe On April 16th, 2013. (The Virginia Public Access Project Website, www.vpap.org, Accessed 7/12/13)
Obama, The Democrat National Committee, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley And Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Have All Moved To Dump Thompson-Tied Contributions. "Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee received a $10,000 donation from Mr. Thompson last year, but officials recently said they were returning the money. Within days, Mr. O'Malley and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for the U.S. Senate, moved to dump Thompson-tied contributions." (Jim McElhatton, "Md.'s Brown Donating Thomson-Linked Cash," The Washington Times, 7/27/12)
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