May 24, 2016

Longtime Clinton Ally Terry McAuliffe Under FBI Investigation For Illicit Campaign Fundraising

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation into illicit donations made to his 2013 gubernatorial campaign by a Chinese politician. Foreign nationals are not permitted to donate to U.S. political campaigns.

McAuliffe, who has served as chairman of the DNC, co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and board member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), collected donations for his campaign from more than 100 individuals who also donated to CGI, according to NBC News:

Records show more than 100 donors contributed to both the foundation and McAuliffe’s campaign.

Federal officials say investigators are looking at those overlaps and are especially interested in contributions from Wang Wenliang, a Chinese politician. The investigation was first reported by CNN.

Contributions by foreign nationals in U.S. elections are barred, but Wang’s spokesperson says he has permanent U.S. resident status.

McAuliffe’s lawyer is claiming they know nothing about the FBI investigation, but according to sources at NBC News, the investigation may be focused on donations coming through Wang from a Chinese-based company, Rilin Enterprises – a practice that would be illegal.

Check out the original CNN story here: