More questions have arisen over the large donations by Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe to the State Senate campaign of the wife of of the FBI director responsible for investigating Hillary Clinton’s illicit email scandal.
Not only was it revealed that a political action group tied to the Clintons had donated $500,000 to a first-time candidate for office, but it has been found that Hillary Clinton herself headlined an event to raise money for the PAC that gave the rich donation to the candidate.
A report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that Clinton operative Terry McAuliffe — also the current governor of Virginia — donated $500,00 to the political campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, a novice politician running for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 13th District senate seat.
McCabe, as it happens, is the wife of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, the official in charge of investigating the emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private server when she was Obama’s Secretary of State.
Not only did McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, give the large donation to the novice politician, but the Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe has considerable influence, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign.
Now reports have noted that Hillary headlined a political fundraiser for Common Good VA, McAuliffe’s PAC, the Daily Mail reported.
While all these donations rolling into the coffers of Jill McCabe may seem like politics as usual to a casual observer, a closer look at the sort of money spent in the race for that Senate seat in the past shows just how unusual the huge dollar donations appear.
A Bernie Sanders supporter in Washington D.C. looked closer at the money raised for the 2011 senate race in which Democrat candidate Shawn Mitchell faced the same Republican candidate McCabe is running against this year.
After reviewing the financial reports, the Twitter user noted that for the entire 2011 campaign Mitchell raised only $385,122 in donations. Meanwhile, Jill McCabe — who has not only never run for office before but has little history of party activism in Virginia — has received two extremely large donations amounting to over over $700,000 — more than double what her predecessor vying for the seat raised.
So, to recap, the wife of the G-man responsible for investigating Hillary Clinton’s email scandal was the lucky recipient of over $700,000 in donations for her first-time political campaign from a man intimately connected to Bill and Hillary Clinton. And all these donations came prior to the decision by the FBI not to recommend Hillary Clinton’s prosecution for breaking national security laws by storing classified material on an un-secure email server hidden in her home.
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