Terry McAuliffe took money from an African gun-runner and a Harry Reid fundraiser’s going to prison

posted at 10:01 pm on October 7, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It’s nice to check in on these stories every once in a while since I doubt they’re making it onto your radar thanks to copious national news coverage.

As our friend Emily Zanotti puts it, Terry’s “earning himself extra credit” in the Clintonista training school with this one: “[N]ot just a foreign national, but an African gun-runner who may have aided Liberia’s despotic ruler in defiance of UN sanctions.”

More from Talking Points Memo:

A company linked to questionable arms deals in West Africa has given $120,000 in campaign contributions to Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

The Liberian International Ship And Corporate Registry donated to McAuliffe twice within the past 12 months. The two campaign contributions were the only ones made by LISCR in Virginia in the past decade.

Though it is based in Virginia, LISCR serves as a regulator of the shipping industry in the African nation of Liberia through a contract given to the company by former Liberian president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor. In 2001, LISCR was associated with efforts of Taylor’s regime to arm rebels who committed atrocities in neighboring Sierra Leone in defiance of international sanctions.

In an interview on Monday, an executive of the company told TPM the contributions were given “on the basis of the friendship” between McAuliffe and LISCR’s chairman, Yoram Cohen. He also denied that the company had been involved in any wrongdoing in West Africa.

Hey, Terry’s got a lot of friends. And, who among us has not unwittingly taken a six-figure donation from a friend who may have been involved in some atrocity-adjacent arms dealing? It’s the extrovert’s curse, amirite? Here’s a bit from Taylor’s rap sheet. He’s in jail for his crimes, facing a 50-year sentence:

Taylor had challenged the 50-year sentence, having been found guilty on 11 counts that included participating in the planning of murder, rape, sexual slavery and enforced amputations.


McAuliffe has refused to return these donations
and will continue to run war on women ads against Cuccinelli.

Meanwhile, Sen. Harry Reid, moral center of our Republic, has had some fundraising mishaps of his own:

A Nevada lawyer and lobbyist who was a fundraiser for the 2010 re-election campaign of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been sentenced to two years in prison for making illegal contributions in 2007 to Reid’s campaign.

Harvey Whittemore was sentenced by a federal judge in Nevada this week, and his lawyers have appealed the case to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. He was sentenced to two years in prison, plus two years of supervised release, required to perform 100 hours of community service, and fined $100,000.

Whittemore was found guilty in May of one count of making excessive contributions, one count of making contributions in the names of others and one count of causing Reid’s campaign to file a false report to the Federal Election Commission.

In February 2007, Whittemore had met with Sen. Harry Reid and agreed to try and collect $150,000 in contributions March 31, 2007.

In 2007, Whittemore, a lobbyist for gaming and tobacco interests, collected and gave $138,000 to the Friends of Harry Reid campaign committee. Whittemore then reimbursed the 29 straw donors, including employees, relatives and some spouses.

Reid did McAuliffe one better and returned some of the donation money, but claims to have no knowledge whatsoever of these shocking illegal acts. Now, I don’t actually think it should be illegal for people to give a bunch of their own money to a candidate (though I do like some disclosure), but guess who does?

Guess who is breaking K St’s stranglehold on the Hill, Sen. Reid? Those anarchists. I’m sure Reid’s kudos are forthcoming:

[T]he Tea Party smashed K Street’s monopoly on Republican fundraising. The Club for Growth was founded in the late 1990s, and early last decade, it began targeting liberal Republicans in primaries. By 2010, the Club had become a giant force, raising money for candidates who met its rigorous ideological tests and pouring millions into independent expenditures against less-favored Republicans and Democrats…

If not from lobbyists and big businesses, where are these Tea Party groups getting their money? Mostly from small-business owners and conservative retirees. The Club for Growth has a big chunk of wealthy investors cutting them checks.

It may confuse liberals who think free-market politics is just a corrupt deal to enrich Big Business — or who claim that the Tea Party is a Big Business front — but these are the opposing pulls in the GOP: K Street and the Tea Party.

Having two sources of money changes the party dramatically.

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And Cuccinelli is losing to this guy? Talk about getting the government you deserve.

Iblis on October 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

The African gun-sprinter got away too.

SparkPlug on October 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Look at that pic, King of the Doofi, and he’s got a lead in the polls?

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Speaks volumes about the character of the democrat electorate.

Murphy9 on October 7, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Sen. Harry Reid, moral center of our Republic

I hope I never read those words together ever again.

thirtyandseven on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Look at that pic, King of the Doofi, and he’s got a lead in the polls?

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

That’s Terence ‘The Puke’ McAuful.

Lanceman on October 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Oh da OutRageous OutRagey!!

A Democrat, …typical!!!

canopfor on October 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

It’s all in what the media is saying. Spinning Cucinelli to be psycho and a woman hater, and McAuliffe to be the best thing since sliced bread.

ramblingirl on October 7, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Looks like Pelosi missed a few spots, with her
Corruption Broom!!!

canopfor on October 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I’d like to hear some of the back room conversations over the decades where the big shots decide who the fall guys for various scandals are going to be. What’s the criteria for getting the honor of going to Federal prison and is there some kind of reward waiting for them on the other side? I imagine that a few of them are hung out to dry because of internal politics like revenge for sundry things and political power-grabbing/maneuvering.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

T-Mac is up by 9% due to government slim-down backlash

http://images.politico.com/global/2013/10/07/virginiapoll100713.html

sentinelrules on October 7, 2013 at 10:29 PM

…filling the swamp!

KOOLAID2 on October 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

It’s understandable how McAuliffe might have a lead in the new Virginia-grown blue-both politically and psychologically by thousands upon thousands of carpetbagging “Yankees’ moving in to take government jobs at CIA, NSA, IRS and dozens of other alphabet agencies-bringing families and relatives with them. But Virginia is still no lock for the Democraps and it is shocking to see a bumbling, inept crook like Terry taking such an enormous lead .Cuccinelli must really be a loser.

MaiDee on October 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Cuccinelli must really be a loser.

MaiDee on October 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Not really, but he’s being painted as a far right winger. Honestly, alot of it is self inflicted.

Cuch’s big problem here is women. His position on trans-vag1nal ultrasounds before abortion and some of his stances on marriage and divorce hurt him badly. I’ve said it before – I know many reliable GOP women voters here who will not vote for Ken.

His other problem is with the GOP base. His underhanded scheme he pulled off with the VA GOP to move the nomination from the usual primary to the GOP convention here really pi$$ed off alot of the rank and file GOP. They wanted Bill Bolling as the nominee, and he would have won if the voters had a say in the nomination.

Bolling would be ahead by double digits over McAuliffe if he were the candidate.

Add it all up, plus the effect of the bright blue northern Virginia area and you have a clusterfuk of the highest order here.

BacaDog on October 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

It’s understandable how McAuliffe might have a lead in the new Virginia-grown blue-both politically and psychologically by thousands upon thousands of carpetbagging “Yankees’ moving in to take government jobs at CIA, NSA, IRS and dozens of other alphabet agencies-bringing families and relatives with them. But Virginia is still no lock for the Democraps and it is shocking to see a bumbling, inept crook like Terry taking such an enormous lead .Cuccinelli must really be a loser.

MaiDee on October 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Truth be told, Cuccinelli should have seen what the Dems did to Todd Achin’ and Murdouch last year, taken notes, and worked his darnedest not to fall into the same goddam trap.

It’s Cuccinelli’s fault that he will lose horribly next month, and that pattern will continue until GOPe nominees learn not to let the media and the Dems play you like a Stradivarius.

Myron Falwell on October 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Yeah, and the press couldn’t get enough of Jack Abramoff.

Now… Crickets.

mankai on October 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Terry McAuliffe took money from an African gun-runner

Obama and Holder?

arnold ziffel on October 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

The closer you look at McAuliffe the less you really want to see.

Really.

What a queasy character!!

Sherman1864 on October 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

It’s Cuccinelli’s fault that he will lose horribly next month, and that pattern will continue until GOPe nominees learn not to let the media and the Dems play you like a Stradivarius.

Myron Falwell on October 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

I pray you are wrong, but fear you are right. And yea-Cuch’s reinstatement of convention nomination instead of-you know-an open primary didn’t win him any friends. Not by a long shot.

Still voting for him though.

SgtSVJones on October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Seems to me that Virginia pretty much deserves this joke of a man as their governor.

myrenovations on October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Bolling would be ahead by double digits over McAuliffe if he were the candidate.

Add it all up, plus the effect of the bright blue northern Virginia area and you have a clusterfuk of the highest order here.

BacaDog on October 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

BS.

There are not enough Republican voters for any Republican candidate to EVER win in VA again.

If Hitler had a (D) next to his name he would win in VA.

tetriskid on October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

I’ve said it before – I know many reliable GOP women voters here who will not vote for Ken.

BacaDog

They’re called democrats.

xblade on October 7, 2013 at 11:29 PM

His other problem is with the GOP base. His underhanded scheme he pulled off with the VA GOP to move the nomination from the usual primary to the GOP convention here really pi$$ed off alot of the rank and file GOP. They wanted Bill Bolling as the nominee, and he would have won if the voters had a say in the nomination.

Bolling would be ahead by double digits over McAuliffe if he were the candidate.

Add it all up, plus the effect of the bright blue northern Virginia area and you have a clusterfuk of the highest order here.

BacaDog on October 7, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Bolling would have walked away with it. Oh, well. I’m actually looking forward to Obenshain for Governor. :-)

Punchenko on October 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

BS.

There are not enough Republican voters for any Republican candidate to EVER win in VA again.

If Hitler had a (D) next to his name he would win in VA.

tetriskid on October 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

No, it turns out Ken is just a really, really awful candidate running an abysmal campaign. Democrats win when we run lousy candidates. Jerry Kilgore instantly comes to mind as does retread George Allen.

Punchenko on October 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Punchenko on October 7, 2013 at 11:49 PM

You would have voted for Hitler had he a (D) next to his name. Put away your (D) pom-poms and think for yourself for a change.

Decoski on October 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Yankees have ruined the state. Too close to DC and the explosive growth of World War B for bureaucrats ….

Need to divide the state into north and south and build a fence.

Barrycade likes fences. Maybe we have some common ground after all.

Sherman1864 on October 8, 2013 at 2:09 AM

How many points is the libertarian pulling from Cuccinelli?

KBird on October 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Hey, C’mon !! Let’s be fair to Terry…after all he is right on the issues. He should get all the excuses his former colleague Slick Willie got.

bill glass on October 8, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Why is it that conservatives never care about the labor conditions in overseas factories, particularly those who use child labor or who dump into drinking supplies, when those corporations donate to the GOP?

libfreeordie on October 8, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Cuccinelli must really suck……or are the republicans just outsmarted again?

Or do voters just not care?

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Terry McAuliffe took money from an African gun-runner

Obama and Holder?

arnold ziffel on October 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

No, their supplier.

Outside of pretty much everywhere inside the beltway (aka the Peoples Republic of Northern Virginia) and the welfare monkeys in Richmond, Portsmouth and Norfolk, VA is a solid Red state. As a resident of NoVA outside the beltway, I’m all for giving everything inside the beltway to the lowest bidder and calling it a day.

RandallinHerndon on October 8, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Cuccinelli must really suck……or are the republicans just outsmarted again?

Or do voters just not care?

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Fast Terry is running adds trying to link the FEDERAL government shutdown to Cuccinelli. Even went as far as to take comments he made on WMAL a few weeks back way out of context regarding immigration. This campaign has never been about issues impacting the Commonwealth. Fast Terry is making this a national campaign.

RandallinHerndon on October 8, 2013 at 7:57 AM

How many points is the libertarian pulling from Cuccinelli?

KBird on October 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM

According to the Politico/OFA poll, the inarticulate b00b Sarvis is polling at 12%.

RandallinHerndon on October 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Why does this story remind me of this song?

“Lawyers, Guns and Money”- Warren Zevon

And the accompanying visuals.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 8, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Terry McAuliffe took money from an African gun-runner and a Harry Reid fundraiser’s going to prison

Translated: Perfect representation for a banana republic people. Virginians and Nevadans.

MNHawk on October 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Translated: Perfect representation for a banana republic people. Virginians and Nevadans.

MNHawk on October 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM

As a Virginian, I can assure you, this state is two states in one. There are three counties in Northern Virginia, then there is the rest of the state.

RandallinHerndon on October 8, 2013 at 8:24 AM

There are no endeavors in which McAuliffe has participated that did not end with the employees and organization hurt or bankrupted while McAuliffe danced away with the money.

If he was a Cub Scout Den Father, I’d recommend a freaking audit.

I can understand how liberals and moderates mistrust Cuccinelli, but McAuliffe is a known crook. He has no record of success at anything except walking away with piles of cash while leaving behind groups gasping for air.

You have to be a complete idiot to vote for McAuliffe for anything.

Adjoran on October 8, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Outside of the fact that the parasitic libs left the liberal nests they crapped in and moved to Virginia to drink at the government trough, one sided cheer leading by liberal rags like the Washington Post, the questionable vote counts in liberal areas like Northern Va, Richmond, and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area, and massive amounts of outside money coming here from around the country for McAuliffe, it’s little wonder Cucinelli is behind. Think Illinois in the not too distant future where a small number of highly concentrated takers in the population centers run rough shod over the less populated areas that are conservative.

If one wanted a RINO, Bolling should have been the nominee. If the so-called Tea Party supporters want strong conservative values in their candidates than Cucinelli is the better candidate. No, he’s not a Todd Aiken.

iamsaved on October 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM

His position on trans-vag1nal ultrasounds before abortion and some of his stances on marriage and divorce hurt him badly.

I haven’t followed, but isn’t his position “I’m the Attorney General and I will enforce the law as written”?

And besides. The ultrasounds were already being done. Now the law just says that the abortionist has to show the screen to the woman.

cptacek on October 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM