Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy

Michael Patrick Leahy is a Breitbart News contributor, Editor of Broadside Books’ Voices of the Tea Party e-book series, and author of Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement.

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McAuliffe Campaign Funded the Democratic Ground Game That Sealed Victory

Ashley Bauman, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that "[w]hile we used that money [the $4 million donated to the Democratic Party of Virginia from the McAuliffe campaign] for many things,  the vast majority of it was used for our grassroots mobilization effort to get out the vote” Nov 6, 2013 10:44 AM PT

Exclusive: Libertarian PAC Admits 'We Probably Wouldn't Have Spent $11,000 on Sarvis' Without Democratic Donor

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Tuesday, Wes Benedict, co-founder and President of the Libertarian Booster PAC that spent $11,454 to circulate petitions necessary to get Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis on the ballot in Virginia said "[w]e probably wouldn’t have spent the $11,000 on Sarvis if we had not received the $150,000 from him [major Democratic donor Joseph Liemandt].” Nov 5, 2013 9:05 AM PT

VA: 'Inactive' Voters Nearly Double, Could Dampen Turnout

The 5.2 million voters registered and eligible to vote in Virginia's gubernatorial election on Tuesday between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, and Libertarian Robert Sarvis represents an increase of 5 percent from the 4.9 million who were registered and eligible to vote in the 2009 gubernatorial election in which Republican Bob McDonnell crushed Democrat Creigh Deeds by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin. Nov 4, 2013 7:18 PM PT

Author John Grisham Gives McAuliffe Another $25,000

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, author John Grisham donated an additional $25,000 to Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe's campaign on October 29. This new donation brings the total of Grisham's contributions to McAuliffe's 2013 campaign to $75,000. Nov 3, 2013 12:21 PM PT

DHS Official Who Advocated for GreenTech Lands Job With Major McAuliffe Donor

Politico reported on Saturday that Doug Smith, the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary, who exchanged a series of emails with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe about GreenTech Automotive, has landed a new job with MWW, a high powered Washington D.C. public relations firm headed up by a major donor to McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign. Nov 3, 2013 9:48 AM PT

Big Labor Spends Big for McAuliffe

Add Big Labor to the ever growing list of left wing special interest groups spending heavily to elect Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia governor in the election that will be held a week from Tuesday. Nov 2, 2013 10:12 PM PT

New Report Claims McAuliffe Hyped Another Failed Chinese Venture

On Friday, Watchdog reported that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidateTerry McAuliffe was involved in a previously unknown Chinese investment that turned sour. This represents a second failed China venture promoted by McAuliffe since 2010, in addition to the stalled GreenTech Automotive automobile manufacturing joint venture with Chinese company Shengyang ZhongRui Breitbart News reported on in August. Nov 2, 2013 10:27 AM PT

McAuliffe's 2010 Trip to Cuba Characteristic of His 'Freewheeling, Even Impulsive' Style

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Terry McAuliffe's 2010 personal trade mission to Cuba to promote the sale of apples and wine produced in Virginia was the sort of unplanned disaster--heavy on personal bluster, low on preparation and planning--that is likely to characterize his administrative style as governor of Virginia if he defeats Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in next Tuesday's election. Oct 31, 2013 5:31 AM PT

Hollywood Stars Raise $1 Million for McConnell's Democrat Challenger

The Hill reported on Tuesday that Hollywood "A-list" stars are donating to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) likely Democratic challenger in droves. According to a third quarter report filed with Federal Election Commission, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 2014 general election for the United States Senate in Kentucky, raised $2.5 million in contributions during the three month period ending on September 30. Oct 30, 2013 5:53 AM PT

Author John Grisham Donated $50,000 to McAuliffe

Best selling author John Grisham, who lives part of the year in the exclusive residential area of North Garden in the outskirts of Charlottesville, Virginia, donated $50,000 to Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe's Virginia gubernatorial campaign, according to campaign financial records posted at the Virginia Public Access Project. Oct 28, 2013 5:26 PM PT

Investors: McAuliffe Donor Gave 'Full Disclosure' on Scheme to Profit from Terminally Ill

It is unclear whether McAuliffe knew that his investment in Caramadre's fund benefited from the death of this particular 44-year old mechanic. The Post, however, reports that "at least some investors knew that they were betting on the lives of specific, dying individuals, according to two of them." One fellow investor, Robert G. Flanders, admitted that "[t]here was certainly full disclosure to my law firm when we chose to invest in this." Oct 27, 2013 10:44 AM PT

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