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Terry McAuliffe And The Clintons

- May 24, 2016

The Decades Long And Close Relationship With Their Political Patron Now Under FBI Investigation

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) Said He And The Clinton's Are "Best Friends" And That They Have Been "Family Friends" For Three Decades. GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE (D-VA): "We're best friends, I've been family friends with the Clinton's for thirty years. It's a great relationship, we vacationed together for years, we're just very personal friends, and I wanna see her in the White House. And I'm just thinking, imagine her in the White House, Bill, and I'm still as governor. We can have a great year together, really getting a lot of assets, rightfully so, moved to the commonwealth because that's where they should be. You should forget those other 49 states, I'm gonna try to convince her, everything should go to Virginia." (Terry McAuliffe, Interview, 101.5 The Valley's Music Place, 3/31/16)

Despite Gov. McAuliffe's "Daily Demands" As Governor Of Virginia, He Keeps "A Finger On The Pulse Of The Camp's Central Operations In Brooklyn." "Despite the daily demands of running the state he was elected to lead in 2013, he's emerging as Hillary's informal liaison to governors and the party's biggest donors, while also keeping a finger on the pulse of the camp's central operations in Brooklyn." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Terry McAuliffe's Other Job," Politico, 6/26/15)

Gov. McAuliffe's "Ebullient Money-Chasing And Insider Credentials" Make Him A "Less-Than-Ideal Spokesman For Clinton" For 2016. "They recognize that McAuliffe is a less-than-ideal spokesman for Clinton at the moment, in part because he can't afford the perception that his attention is wandering from his responsibilities as governor but also because his ebullient money-chasing and insider credentials could prove problematic for her." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Terry McAuliffe's Other Job," Politico, 6/26/15)

Terry McAuliffe IS UNDER Investigation BY THE FBI OVER CAMPAIGN DONATIONS TO HIS GUBERNATORIAL CAMPAIGN

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) Is The Subject Of An FBI Investigation Dating Back To At Least Last Year Into Campaign Donations To His Gubernatorial Campaign. "Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say. The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

  • "McAuliffe Wasn't Notified By Investigators That He Is A Target Of The Probe, According To The Officials." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)
  • "'Neither The Governor Nor His Former Campaign Has Knowledge Of This Matter, But As Reported, Contributions To The Campaign From Mr. Wang Were Completely Lawful,' Said [McAuliffe Lawyer Marc] Elias." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)

The Investigation In Part Focuses On McAuliffe's Role On The Board Of The Clinton Global Initiative. "As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton. There's no allegation that the foundation did anything improper; the probe has focused on McAuliffe and the electoral campaign donations, the officials said." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

One Of The Donations To Gov. McAulliffe's Campaign Being Scrutinized Is $120,000 From Wang Wenliang, A Chinese Businessman And Former Delegate To China's National People's Congress. "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." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

  • The National People's Congress Is China's Parliamentary Body. "Further searches turned up a prominent Wang Wenliang. This Mr. Wang is a former municipal official in Dandong, a city on China's border with North Korea, and a member of the National People's Congress, China's parliamentary body." (Louise Story and Stephanie Saul, "Stream Of Foreign Wealth Flows To Elite New York Real Estate," The New York Times , 2/7/15)

The U.S.-China Education Trust Identifies Wang As "Of The West Legend Corporation." "In 2012, USCET partnered with the Moore School of Business' Governor Hodges Scholars Program at the University of South Carolina to provide travel grants to exceptional students. Mr. Wang Wenliang of the West Legend Corporation provided funds to support this initiative." ("USCET Student Leaders Exchange," U.S.-China Education Trust, Accessed 5/23/16)

  • West Legend Corp. Donated $70,000 To McAuliffe's Gubernatorial Campaign And $50,000 To McAuliffe's Inauguration. (Virginia Public Access Project, Accessed 5/23/16)
  • While U.S. Law Prohibit ed Donations From Foreign Nationals To Gov. McAuliffe's Gubernatorial Campaign, Wenliang 's U.S. Permanent Resident Status Allowed Him To Donate. "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." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)
  • "Neither Wang Nor His Company Used To Make The Donations Have Been Contacted By U.S. Investigators, According To The Spokeswoman." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions,"CNN, 5/23/16)

"It Couldn't Be Learned What Else The FBI And Justice Department Are Investigating As Part Of The Probe In McAuliffe. The Officials Say The Investigation Remains Active And Ongoing." (Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown, "Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Under Federal Investigation For Campaign Contributions," CNN, 5/23/16)

McAuliffe Has Been A Major Clinton Fundraiser For Years

The Clintons Have Been Close With Gov. McAuliffe For Decades And Have Come To Depend On His "Fundraising Prowess." "McAuliffe will rally Iowans on Saturday and Sunday in Clinton campaign offices in six cities: Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Carroll, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The swing comes about three weeks before the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa on Feb. 1, followed by contests New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Virginians go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 1, with voters in many other states. The governor, who has been close with President Bill Clinton and the former secretary of state for decades, has lent his fundraising prowess to her campaign. He is a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and was chairman of her unsuccessful 2008 White House bid." (Jenna Portnoy, "McAuliffe To Campaign For Hillary Clinton In Iowa," The Washington Post , 1/4/16)

The Honorable And Mrs. Terry McAuliffe Have Donated Between $100,001 And $250,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 5/23/16)

On April 7, 2015, Terry And Dorothy McAuliffe Donated $5,400 To Clinton's Presidential Campaign. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 5/23/16)

Gov. McAuliffe Is A Democrat Superdelegate. "Super delegates consist of members of the Democratic National Committee, party leaders, Senators, Congressmen/women and state Governors. Stalwarts of the Democratic establishment. Prominent people such as Andrew Cuomo, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Jim Clyburn, Joaquin Castro, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Terry McAuliffe, Claire McCaskill, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel." (Andy Ostroy, "Who The Super Delegates Are And Why They Will Not Switch To Sanders," The Huffington Post , 5/19/16)

McAuliffe Has Participated In At Least Four Fundraisers For Clinton

On June 26, 2015, Gov. McAuliffe Introduced Clinton At A Virginia Democrats' Fundraising Event In Fairfax, VA. "But the Clinton loyalist, fundraiser and 2008 campaign chairman is already shaping a significant role for himself - and it will be front and center Friday evening when he introduces Hillary Clinton at the Virginia Democrats' fundraising event in Fairfax." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Terry McAuliffe's Other Job," Politico, 6/26/15)

On December, 14, 2015, Gov. McAuliffe Attended A Fundraiser For Clinton In Richmond, VA. "In mid-December, the ex-president will raise money in Washington, D.C., including an event at the home of longtime Democratic powerbrokers Vernon and Ann Jordan. He will travel to Richmond later that day for a fundraiser with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a friend and fundraiser for the Clintons." ("Dollar Bill: Clinton Opening Fundraising Spree For Wife's 2016 Campaign," The Associated Press , 11/26/15)

On April 4, 2016 Gov. McAuliffe Hosted A Fundraiser For Clinton In McLean, VA. "Please join Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe for a BBQ celebration with Hillary, Official Event, McLean Virginia" ("Please Join Terry And Dorothy McAuliffe For A BBQ Celebration With Hillary," The Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time, Accessed 4/7/16)

On May 22, 2016 Gov. McAuliffe Headlined A Fundraiser For Clinton In Washington, VA. "Sun, May 22, 2016, 3:30 PM- 5-30 PM, Evening with Terry McAuliffe, Official Event, Washington (Rappahannock County), Virginia, Hosted By Jane Whitfield." ("Evening With Terry McAuliffe," The Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time, Accessed 4/7/16)

The Clintons Campaigned For McAuliffe's 2013 VA Governor's Race, Attending At Least 5 Fundraiser For The Candidate

When Hillary Clinton Endorsed McAuliffe In October 2013, It Was Her "First Explicitly Political Appearance Since Stepping Down As Secretary Of State." "At her first explicitly political appearance since stepping down as secretary of state in February, Hillary Clinton offered a rousing endorsement of longtime family friend and Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Saturday, telling an audience in Falls Church, Va., that McAuliffe will be a '24/7' governor who eschews partisan warfare in favor of problem-solving." (Jake Miller, "Hillary Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe For Virginia Governor," CBS News, 10/19/13)

  • Clinton's Endorsement Was Described As "Rousing…" "At her first explicitly political appearance since stepping down as secretary of state in February, Hillary Clinton offered a rousing endorsement of longtime family friend and Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Saturday, telling an audience in Falls Church, Va., that McAuliffe will be a '24/7' governor who eschews partisan warfare in favor of problem-solving." (Jake Miller, "Hillary Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe For Virginia Governor," CBS News, 10/19/13)

Bill Clinton "Barnstormed" Virginia With McAuliffe In The Final Days Of His 2013 Gubernatorial Campaign. "Particularly in the final days of McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign, when Bill Clinton barnstormed the state with him, McAuliffe held up Clinton's presidency as a governance model he hoped to emulate in Richmond." (Ben Pershing, "Why Hillary Clinton Still Needs Terry McAuliffe," The Atlantic, 6/24/15)

McAuliffe Led The Money Race Against His Republican Opponent "In Part Because Of The Powerful Fundraising Network He Built Up As A Bill Clinton Adviser…" "McAuliffe has maintained a consistent financial advantage over his GOP opponent, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, in part because of the powerful fundraising network he built up as a Bill Clinton adviser and national party chairman." (Alexander Burns, "Clintons Go All-Out For McAuliffe," Politico, 10/14/13)

  • The Clintons Held At Least A Dozen Events For McAuliffe, Most Of Which Were Fundraisers. "Terry McAuliffe spent most of the year running for Virginia governor as his own man, not the decades-long friend of Bill Clinton he's best known as. Yet by the time Election Day rolls around, Bill and Hillary Clinton will have held at least a dozen events between them for the man favored to become the Commonwealth's next governor. Most of them are fundraisers, but on Saturday Hillary Clinton will hold a women-themed event for McAuliffe in Falls Church, Va., her first purely political outing since she left Foggy Bottom early this year."(Maggie Haberman, "Clintons Go All Out Of Terry McAuliffe," Politico , 10/19/13)

Mcauliffe and 90's Fundraising Scandals

Democrat Fundraising Scandals In The 1990's "Tarnished" The Clinton Administration's Record. "A list of the donors who have 'bundled' large sums from dozens of individuals to give to Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign includes several figures who were involved in the 1990s Democratic Party fundraising scandal that tarnished her husband's record." (John Solomon and Matthew Mosk, "Past Clouds Candidates' Donor Lists," The Washington Post, 9/20/07)

The Lincoln Bedroom

Bill Clinton Endorsed The Concept Of Using White House Sleepovers As A Fundraising Tactic In The 1990's. "The Clinton administration released records in 1997 showing that 938 guests had stayed at the mansion during the president's first term, dwarfing the 284 who stayed during the previous administration. And a Democratic National Committee memo showed that President Bill Clinton personally endorsed the idea of using sleepovers at the White House as a fundraising tactic - 'Ready to start overnights right away,' he wrote." (Liz Essley Whyte, "Clinton White House Sleepover Guests Still Writing Checks,"The Center For Public Integrity , 10/26/15)

Terry McAuliffe Sent A Memo Suggesting Major Financial Supporters Be Invited To "Meals, Coffees, Rounds Of Golf Or Jogging Excursions" With Clinton. "The documents show that Clinton scribbled his enthusiastic approval for the overnight stays on the McAuliffe memorandum, which recommended that major financial supporters be invited to meals, coffees, rounds of golf or jogging excursions." ("Clinton Ok'd Using Lincoln Bedroom For Contributors," CNN's All Politics, 2/25/97)

Guests In The Lincoln Bedroom Had Contributed Over $10,176,840, An Average Of $10,849 Per Guest. "Trying to lance suspicions, the White House released a list of 938 overnight guests. Among them, they had contributed $10,176,840, an average of $10,849, although many gave nothing." (James Bennet, "July 12-18; Lincoln Bedroom, Still Open," The New York Times, 7/19/98)

The Lincoln Bedroom Overnights "Spurred Congressional And Criminal Investigations…" " President Clinton and top aides were intimately involved in orchestrating a broad campaign fund-raising operation during his first term and explicitly authorized the use of the White House as a tool to woo or reward big donors, according to internal documents released yesterday. Although the president has portrayed himself as removed from the money-collecting tactics that have spurred congressional and criminal investigations, the records show he took a hands-on role in directing the effort down to small details." (Peter Baker And Susan Schmidt, "President Had Big Role In Setting Donor Perks," The Washington Post, 2/26/97)

Over Half Of President Clinton's Overnight White House Guests That Are Still Alive Are Giving To Hillary's Campaign Or A Super PAC Supporting Her . "Among donors to Democrat Bill Clinton's campaigns first revealed as overnight guests of his White House and today still living, more than half are still giving - this time to Hillary Clinton. The Center for Public Integrity published the first list of donors who nabbed a night in the Clinton White House - and whose stays sparked outrage and investigations - in its 1996 report, 'Fat Cat Hotel.'" (Liz Essley Whyte, "Clinton White House Sleepover Guests Still Writing Checks,"The Center For Public Integrity , 10/26/15)

  • Combined, They Have Given More Than $1.15 Million To Support Hillary Clinton's Campaign Or Super PACs Supporting Her. "Of the 66 original 'Fat Cats' still living, 34 have donated a total of $1.15 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign or the super PACs supporting her since January 2013. With more than a year before the general election, the number of supporters and their donations may rise." (Liz Essley Whyte, "Clinton White House Sleepover Guests Still Writing Checks,"The Center For Public Integrity , 10/26/15)

Coffee Klatches

Another Idea Of Terry McAuliffe's Was To Have Major Donors Meet With Clinton For Coffee At The White House. "The documents show that Clinton scribbled his enthusiastic approval for the overnight stays on the McAuliffe memorandum, which recommended that major financial supporters be invited to meals, coffees, rounds of golf or jogging excursions." ("Clinton Ok'd Using Lincoln Bedroom For Contributors," CNN's All Politics, 2/25/97)

The Clinton Administration "Strenuously Denied" That There Was Fundraising Occurring At The White House. "White House and DNC officials have strenuously denied that the coffees were 'fundraisers.'" ("Majority Report: Executive Summary," The Washington Post, 3/5/98)

  • Despite The White Houses' Denial Of Fundraising At Coffee Meetings, There Were Documents That Would "Carefully Track The 'Projected Revenue' That Would Be Raised By Each Event…" "Numerous DNC documents, however, including detailed memoranda Ickes prepared for the President and Vice President, tell a different story, referring to these White House events as 'political/fundraising coffees.' These documents carefully track the 'projected revenue' that would be raised by each event - to the point of specifying amounts 'in hand' (i.e., collected to date) and the proportion of each coffee's projected revenue that would be placed in the party's 'hard money' and 'soft money' bank accounts." ("Majority Report: Executive Summary," The Washington Post, 3/5/98)

Major DNC Donors Made Up 92 Percent Of The White House Coffee Guests. "Between January 11, 1995 and August 23, 1996, the White House hosted 103 coffees. Most lasted at least an hour, and the President attended the vast majority of them. Approximately 60 of these were DNC-sponsored coffees, 92 percent of the guests at which were major Democratic Party contributors." ("Majority Report: Executive Summary," The Washington Post, 3/5/98)

During The Year And A Half Before Clinton's Re-Election, Clinton Had More Than 400 Of "His Party's Top Financial Supporters" To A White House Coffee Klatch. " In the year and a half before his re-election, President Clinton invited more than 400 of his party's top financial supporters, most from corporate America, to the White House for informal chats about his policies." ("Bankers, Regulator Met At Clinton Coffee Klatch," The Associated Press, 1/25/97)

  • Clinton And The Countries Chief Banking Regulator Sat Down With Bankers And Political Operatives During These Meetings At The White House. " In one of the 76 coffee klatches, the president and the nation's chief banking regulator sat down with more than a dozen leading bankers - as well as political operatives from the Democratic National Committee." ("Bankers, Regulator Met At Clinton Coffee Klatch," The Associated Press, 1/25/97)

During The Investigations Into Illegal Fundraising At The White House, Clinton Was Forced To Turn Tapes From The White House Coffees Over To The Justice Department. " The tapes, which were turned over to congressional and Justice Department investigators this weekend, may help them determine whether Clinton illegally solicited campaign contributions in the White House, as GOP critics have alleged, or make it clear that Clinton was only listening to supporters, as administration officials have said." (Sam Fulwood, "White House Surrenders Tapes Of Coffee Meetings," The Los Angeles Times, 10/6/16)

  • Only The Introductions At The Meetings Were Taped, Not The Actual Discussions. "There were 103 such coffees between Aug. 3, 1995, and Aug. 23, 1996, Davis said, and the communications office discovered that the White House television crew had been present for 44 of them. Only the introductory parts of the private meetings--not the actual discussions between Clinton and his guests--were taped, Davis said." (Sam Fulwood, "White House Surrenders Tapes Of Coffee Meetings," The Los Angeles Times, 10/6/16)

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