An ethics complaint recently revealed that Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, accepted $350,000 from a foreign entity connected to an investigation into money laundering. The National Legal and Policy Center requested that the Federal Election Commission investigate McAuliffe’s accepting political donations from foreign citizens.
Paul Kamenar, an attorney for the National Legal and Policy Center, states how Terry McAuliffe has been known for accepting foreign donations in the past. He went on to say how McAuliffe must be investigated on serious allegations for receiving $350,000 in illegal foreign donations to fund his current campaign.
The United States currently does not allow foreign countries or entities to fund political candidate. Donations can only be arranged if foreign funds have been donated by an American-based subsidiary run by American leadership. A foreign compromise can be considered a murky distinction.
The entity that donated to McAuliffe’s campaign, LycaTel LLC, is an entity that belongs to a Sri Lankan-British national. McAuliffe received $350,000 in July from LycaTel LLC. LycaTel LLC is also owned by a U.K.-based telecom conglomerate, which has a history of offshore businesses that have led to tax fraud and money laundering charges.
Allirajah Subaskaran is the alleged mastermind behind the web of entities and owns other companies that have been under investigation in France for unpaid taxes. French prosecutors said that 19 people were arrested by authorities during the investigation and that they were suspected of being part of a money-laundering scheme that implicated Lycamobile Services and Lycamobile Mobile.
The United Kingdom was reported to have photographed activity linked to the fraud, with images showing weekly totes bags of cash worth up to $1,000,000. All parties denied the wrongdoing. McAuliffe’s campaign has also ignored requests for comment regarding the ethics complaint.
McAuliffe’s campaign is still recovering from last week’s tiki torch stunt, which included five people holding tiki torch scenes in front of Youngkin’s campaign bus in an attempt to remind Virginians what happened in Charlottesville four years ago.
The Lincoln Project admitted to having produced the scene and said that their stunt was meant to connect Youngkin’s campaign and President Donald Trump. The Lincoln Project’s statement harkened to Charlottesville, where Trump was misquoted saying that neo-Nazis living in Charlottesville were “very fine people.” The line has been misquoted numerous times throughout mainstream media.
McAuliffe’s communications chief Renzo Olivari was forced to apologize and said that he deeply regrets the incident and would use it as an opportunity to learn and grow from his mistakes. He also apologized for past racist tweets, adding that he tweeted things clearly unacceptable and that he is ashamed of what he has done.
Screen captures of tweets show Olivari’s alleged tweeting, “#TweetLikeAGuy going out with da nigguhs,” and “#ThingsBlackFolksNeverThrowAway broken lamps.”
Youngkin recently spoke about McAuliffe’s sinking campaign, adding how he is using very divisive political tactics that are beyond pale have no place on Virginia politics. He accused Terry McAuliffe of showing his true colors, adding that it is the reason why people are rejecting him.
Youngkin said that Virginians have rejected the “partisan, divisive political style” that Terry McAuliffe has cultivated over his 43-year political career. Youngkin said that he is the “Godfather” of the modern-day progressive Democratic Party and he is seeing it all fall apart. It’s no surprise that McAuliffe is accepting dirty money – he’s a Dem.
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