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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings and her U.S. Senate campaign are the subjects of a new election law complaint charging her campaign took improper funding support from a Virginia state political committee controlled by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Americans for Public Trust filed the complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) over allegations the campaign violated the federal “soft money” ban.

According to the complaint, Americans for Public Trust argues that Demings accepted an “in-kind contribution” from Common Good Virginia, a non-federal political action committee, violating the “soft money ban” under Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

The Political Action Committee (PAC), set up by McAuliffe in March 2014, sent numerous email fundraising solicitations last month, raising political funds for Demings’ Senate campaign committee.

Demings, who is trying to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in next year’s midterm elections, sent out a fundraising email in October asking supporters to split donations between her campaign and that of Common Good:

“I have to ask you humbly and directly because outlets like CNN say my race could decide Senate control: will you split a donation of $25 or more between Common Good VA and my campaign to help me win in Florida and defeat Marco Rubio?”

Another email sent by Demings in October and paid for by McAuliffe’s PAC warned that the Florida Democrat needed campaign money because “Republicans are trying to keep Florida red PERMANENTLY and overthrow the Senate “.

Common Good calls itself a nonpartisan reform coalition aimed at restoring the freedom of officials and citizens to use common sense. Common Good is non-federal and not subjected to “federal limitations, prohibitions, or reporting requirements,” but the funds raised by the organization fall under “soft money organization for purposes” under the FECA.

Demings violated the soft-money ban by “approving and participating” in the PAC email fundraising and accepted parts of the “in-kind contribution” from an organization not regulated under FECA.

The complaint reads:

“(Demings’) fundraising solicitations, which were paid for by non-federal funds, represent an illegal use of non-federal (or “soft”) funds to raise money for a candidate for federal office. As such, Representative Demings’ campaign has accepted an in-kind contribution and thereby violated the federal soft money ban.”

Demings’ campaign responded by saying the fundraising practice it pursued is “legal, well tested, and being widely practiced” around the country, while the Americans for Public Trust complaint brought against Demings is frivolous, according to Florida Politics.

“The Demings campaign argued the method of solicitation was through email, and federal law and FEC guidance hold that email have no in-kind value. That remains true, the Demings campaign said, even though the emails for Demings were sent by McAuliffe’s committee, presumably using that committee’s email list.”

Demings campaign manager Zack Carroll issued a statement calling the complaint baseless:

“This is a partisan and frivolous complaint that is completely without merit, as the FEC has already signed off on this common email fundraising practice, which is used by hundreds of Republican and Democratic campaigns.”

The complaint demands an investigation of the Demings campaign fundraising solicitations and asks the FEC to impose “appropriate sanctions.” The complaint reads:

“By approving and participating in this email solicitation, Representative Demings has accepted an in-kind contribution from an organization not regulated under FECA, in violation of the soft money ban.”

McAuliffe was defeated earlier this month in his run for Governor by Republican Glenn Youngkin, considered a blow to the Democratic party in the run-up to mid-terms.

The Rubio campaign blasted Demings for associating with the McAuliffe campaign and used Demings’ own words against her. Elizabeth Gregory, director of communications for Rubio, said in a statement:

“Demings has tied her cart to one of the biggest opponents of parental involvement in education, and she appears to have broken the law in the process. As Demings herself said, ‘No one is above the law.’ Demings and his campaign must comply with any investigation that arises from these allegations.”

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Report: Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe received $350k from foreign interests in violation of federal law

November 1, 2021

 VIRGINIA- Voters in Virginia have the opportunity to send a loud and clear message to Democrats this week; first that they don’t support the Biden administration’s Marxist agenda, and secondly they do not support Virginia Democrats’ attempted indoctrination of their children.

Now we are learning that not only did Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe violate IRS regulations in his campaign by the also apparently accepted foreign money from a foreign entity linked to a money laundering probe, Breitbart News reports.

Now, an ethics probe has been launched into the $350,000 donation where it is alleged the McAuliffe campaign accepted the money from foreign nationals, which is against federal law. The probe was requested by the National Legal and Policy Center, which is asking for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate, first reported in the Washington Free Beacon, which obtained a copy of the filing.

 The organization is asking the FEC to “promptly investigate” if the contribution to McAuliffe’s campaign violated federal laws prohibiting such donations from foreign nationals.

“Terry McAuliffe has a history of accepting foreign contributions. The FEC must fully investigate these serious charges that he accepted $350,000 in illegal foreign contributions for his current campaign,” the complaint, written by Washington, D.C. attorney Paul Kamenar, counsel to the NLPC wrote.

As first reported in early October by the Washington Free Beacon, a company called LycaTel LLC, owned by a Sri Lankan-British national named Allirajah Subaskaran gave that some of money to McAuliffe.

That company is a New Jersey-based subsidiary of Subaskaran’s U.K.-based telecom conglomerate, which is comprised of a complicated mix of offshore businesses and which has been subjected to a number of tax fraud and money laundering investigations in France.

Federal campaign finance laws prohibit campaigns from accepting money from foreign nationals and/or entities, either directly or indirectly, in local, state or federal elections.

While exceptions are made for U.S. cased subsidiaries of foreign corporations, any such campaign donations cannot be made under the direction of a company’s foreign leadership, a rule which can be somewhat cloudy in its interpretation.

“This is effectively a really easy way to launder foreign money into the U.S. political process and to avoid the FEC prohibition on foreign nationals making contributions in U.S. elections,” said Ben Freeman, director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy in a statement to the Free Beacon earlier this month.

The Beacon noted that LycaTel did not appear to have donated to previous campaigns in Virginia, nor any federal races. In July, the company retained a Washington, DC based lobbyist, Robert Thompson to lobby on “telecom” issues, according to disclosure records.

Thompson was previously registered as a foreign agent representing Subsakaran as part of a “business expansion within the U.S.A,” according to records filed with the Justice Department.

Subsakaran owns a  host of companies worldwide in the technology, media, and gaming sectors, many of which use the name “Lyca” in the names. The group of companies has come under scrutiny of British law enforcement officials over allegations of unpaid taxes.

In 2015, LycaMobile couriers were photographed transporting bags of cash—estimated by some at $1 million per week, to various post offices around the U.K., according to a number of articles from BuzzFeed. The company denied any wrongdoing involving the deposits, claiming it operated a “cash-heavy business.”

The investigation into Subaskaran in France led to French officials arresting “19 people suspected of being involved in a money laundering system implicating Lycamobile and Lycamobile Services,” French prosecutors said at the time.

LycaTel’s United States operations have also drawn attention from regulators. For example in 2011, the Federal Communications Commission fined the company $5 million for “deceptively marketing prepaid calling cards” to mostly immigrant buyers.

The company pushed the cards by claiming the “low-cost’ cards could be used to make “hundreds of minutes of calls” overseas, however buyers were only able to use “a fraction of those minutes for calls because LycaTel applies a variety of fees and surcharges that quickly deplete the card,” said the FCC.

The Free Beacon said they emailed a host of questions to LycaTel, who did not respond. They followed up with a telephone call, whereby the company’s general counsel said the company would not comment on the donation to McAuliffe’s campaign, and were waiting to “hear back from management as to what they want to disclose and what they don’t.”

Not surprisingly, McAuliffe’s campaign did not respond to request for comment.

The latest complaint about McAuliffe’s campaign comes after a stunt pulled by foes of his gubernatorial opponent, Glenn Youngkin failed miserably late last week.

The failed hoax involved five people, including at least one Democrat operative, holding Tiki torches in front of Youngkin’s  campaign bus to remind people “what happened in Charlottesville four hears ago.” It was later found that the RINO Lincoln Project was behind the scam.

It was a pathetic stunt to tie Youngkin’s campaign with former president Donald Trump, whom the Lincoln Project and desperate Democrats tried to paint as sympathetic to neo-Nazis who provoked violence in that city.

While McAuliffe’s campaign has denied any involvement in the stunt, the presence of a Democrat operative in the group of five holding the tiki torches seems to indicate that is not true.

To make matters still worse, McAulliffe’s communication director was discovered to have made some ill advised, albeit racist tweets, which he was forced to apologize for on Friday.

“I want to profoundly apologize and use this as a moment to grow and learn from my mistakes,” said Renzo Olivari to Breitbart News. “When I was in high school student [sic], I tweeted things that were clearly unacceptable. I am ashamed and I profoundly regret what I tweeted.”

Screen captures of the since deleted tweets show what he said:

“#TweetLikeAGuy going out with da nigguhs,” and “#ThingsBlackFolksNeverThrowAway broken lamps.”

Referring to the ridiculous tiki torch stunt, Youngkin told Breitbart News Saturday:

“These [are] political tricks that are just divisive and beyond the pale and have no place in Virginia or any politics,” and Terry McAuliffe is showing his true colors, and people are rejecting it,” Youngkin said.

“Virginians are absolutely rejecting this partisan, divisive politics that’s been the trademark of Terry McAuliffe’s 43-year political career. I mean, he’s the Godfather of [the] modern day progressive Democratic party, and he’s seeing it all fail,” the upstart politician and successful businessman said. “He’s seeing it crash down on him because Virginians are rejecting it.”

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