- 1 Generally Accepted Facts from Wikipedia
- 2 Additional Facts on the FBI Investigation
- 3 Relationship to #Pizzagate
- 4 Themes
- 5 See Also
Generally Accepted Facts from Wikipedia
Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe (born February 9, 1957) is an American businessman and the 72nd Governor of Virginia. He served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 gubernatorial election. In the 2013 gubernatorial election, he was unopposed in the Democratic primary. McAuliffe defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the general election, collecting 47.8% of the vote; Cuccinelli garnered 45.2% and Sarvis received 6.5%. He assumed office on January 11, 2014.
On May 23, 2016 it was reported that McAuliffe was being probed by the FBI "over whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law." One example cited was a donation of $120,000 from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang. According to CNN, Wang's status as a legal permanent resident of the United States could make the donation legal under U.S. election law.
Additional Facts on the FBI Investigation
Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department for as much as $160,000 in contributions from a Chinese businessman to his 2013 campaign, according to news reports. The inquiry — the second federal investigation of two consecutive Virginia governors — centers on whether the donations from Wang Wenliang violated the law, CNN reports. The donations by Wang, 61, were made through his U.S. companies, according to CNN. He owns the China Rilin Construction Group, which holds a majority stake in the [Dandong] Port Group, a Chinese port near North Korea, according to Forbes magazine.
Dandong Port Group
Dandong Port Group Co., Ltd. offers port handling services. It also manages public dock facilities of the port. The company transports passengers, containers, and bulk and general cargoes from Dandong, China to Inchon, Korea. It also offers foreign ship maintenance services, such as ship repair, material supply, slops acceptance, and tank cleaning; and repairing, installing, and adjusting marine main engines, auxiliary engines, marine pumps, and deck machineries. Additionally the company provides harbor services and passenger transit passenger and cargo agent; ship pollutants received booms supply services; and waterway, port and coastal engineering construction. Dandong Port Group Co., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and is based in Dandong, China.
For more on the Port of Dandong, see the English-language, landing page:
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to Salomon Melgen and Casa de Campo
From the NY Post:
Clinton pal and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former head of the Democratic National Committee, was also a frequent Melgen guest, Goodman said. “He used to go to Doctor Melgen’s home in Casa de Campo and play golf all the time,” she told the paper.
Connection to Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation
McAuliffe was co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, and was one of her superdelegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Also from Wikipedia:
McAuliffe told The New York Times in 1999, "I've met all of my business contacts through politics. It's all interrelated." When he meets a new business contact, he continued, "then I raise money from them." He acknowledged that success of his business dealings stemmed partly from his relationship with Bill Clinton, saying, "No question, that's a piece of it." He also credited his ties to former congressmen Dick Gephardt and Tony Coelho, his Rolodex of 5,000-plus names, and his ability to personally relate to people. In 2004, he was one of the five-member board of directors of the Clinton Foundation. He told New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich in 2012 that his Rolodex held 18,632 names.
McAuliffe has ties to the shipping industry primarily through his dealings with the Dandong Port Group, who controls the Port of Dandong in China, as mentioned above.