An ethical complaint filed on Friday by alleged candidate Terry McAuliffe accepted a $ 350,000 donation from a foreign entity linked to an overseas money laundering investigation.
The National Center for Legal and Political Policy demands that the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) investigate whether McAuliffe violated federal law by “accepting political donations from foreign nationals,” Washington Free Beacon first reported.
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“Terry McAuliffe has a history of accepting foreign contributions. The FEC needs to fully investigate these serious allegations that it has accepted $ 350,000 in illegal foreign contributions for its current campaign, ”said Paul Kamenar, a lawyer representing the National Legal and Political Center.
In the US, political candidates are not allowed to accept funding from foreign countries and entities. However, if foreign funds are donated by a U.S.-based subsidiary run by the U.S. leadership, donations may be reduced. Such a solution “may be a vague legal difference”, Free lighthouse reported.
LycaTel LLC, a company owned by a Sri Lankan British citizen, is expected to donate $ 350,000 to McAuliffe in July. The Free lighthouse reported that the entity is a subsidiary of the owner of a “telecommunications conglomerate based in the United Kingdom, which boasts a complex network of offshore companies and has been subject to tax fraud and money laundering in France.”
Allirajah Subaskaran, the alleged leader of the web of entities, also allegedly owned additional companies in other sectors that were under scrutiny in France due to alleged unpaid taxes. During a French investigation, French officials arrested “19 people suspected of involvement in a money laundering system involving Lycamobile and Lycamobile Services,” French prosecutors said. stated.
The activity related to the alleged fraud was allegedly photographed in the United Kingdom. The reported images show weekly bags of cash that could be worth up to $ 1,000,000. All parties denied the violations.
McAuliffe’s campaign ignored a request for comment on the ethical complaint.
The ethical appeal comes when McAuliffe’s campaign on Friday falters over the tiki torch acrobatics. Pictures of the scam reveal five people inclusive at least one Democratic operative held a tiki torch ahead of candidate Youngkin’s campaign to remind “Virgince of what happened in Charlottesville four years ago,” the Lincoln Project said. to admit for stage production.
The intention was to link Youngkin’s campaign to President Donald Trump. The Lincoln project statement returned to Charlottesville and hinted that Trump had labeled the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville as “very good people.”
But the Lincoln project took former President Trump’s comments out of context. A transcript of Trump’s words revealed the president he said, “You had some very bad people in this group, but you also had people who were very good people on both sides.”
The failed venture was exacerbated by McAuliffe’s communications director forced to apologize for Friday’s tweets.
“I want to apologize deeply and use this as a moment to grow and learn from my mistakes,” Renzo Olivari told Breitbart News. “When I was in high school, I tweeted things that were obviously unacceptable. I’m ashamed and deeply regret that I tweeted. “
Screenshots of the tweets show Olivari’s alleged tweets, “#TweetLikeAGuy goes out with that nigguhs” and “#ThingsBlackFolksNeverThrowAway broken lights.”
Terry McAuliffe’s communicator somehow sounds like a racist. pic.twitter.com/7IE32ECWGE
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On Breitbart news Saturday, Youngkin spoke about McAuliffe’s diving campaign. “You [are] Political tricks that are just divisive and pale have no place in Virginia or any politics, and Terry McAuliffe is showing his true true skin, and people are refusing to do so, ”he said.
Here is a crowd in Alexandria, where Glenn Youngkin is giving his speech about the hive this morning at a farmers market. pic.twitter.com/CiUTW4UCHQ
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“Virginians absolutely reject this biased separating policy that has been a trademark of Terry McAuliff’s 43-year political career. I mean, he’s a godfather [the] a modern progressive democratic party and sees that everything is falling apart, ”Youngkin added. “He sees it crashing on him because the Virginians reject it.”
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