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- January 11, 2014

Terry McAuliffe And The Clintons, And The Controversies Surrounding Them, Go Way Back

Today, “Terry McAuliffe’s Best And Most Famous Pals, Bill And Hillary Clinton,” Will Attend His Inauguration. “Two of Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s best and most famous pals, Bill and Hillary Clinton, will be in Richmond Saturday as he takes the oath of office. McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, has for decades been a legendary fund-raiser for and a close friend to the former president and the former first lady and secretary of state.”(Laura Vozzella, “Bill And Hillary Clinton To Attend McAuliffe Inauguration,” The Washington Post, 1/4/14)

THE CLINTONS AIDED MCAULIFFE IN HIS BID FOR GOVERNOR

“The Clintons Campaigned For McAuliffe During His Gubernatorial Bid -- The Former President In Richmond And The Former Secretary Of State In Falls Church.” (Olympia Meola, “Clintons To Attend McAuliffe’s Inauguration,” Richmond-Times Dispatch, 1/4/14)

  • Between Them, Bill And Hillary Clinton Held At Least A Dozen Events For Terry McAuliffe, Most Of Which Were Fundraisers. “Terry McAuliffe spent most of the year running for Virginia governor as his own man, not the decades-long friend of Bill Clinton he’s best known as. Yet by the time Election Day rolls around, Bill and Hillary Clinton will have held at least a dozen events between them for the man favored to become the Commonwealth’s next governor. Most of them are fundraisers, but on Saturday Hillary Clinton will hold a women-themed event for McAuliffe in Falls Church, Va., her first purely political outing since she left Foggy Bottom early this year.”(Maggie Haberman, “Clintons Go All Out Of Terry McAuliffe,” Politico, 10/19/13)
  • The Clintons Exceeded Expectations With The Level Of Their Involvement In The McAuliffe Campaign. “The involvement is much more extensive than the handful of events most expected the former first couple would stage on behalf of their longtime pal, who has generally tried to avoid giving the race against Republican Attorney General Ken Cucinelli a national imprimatur.” (Maggie Haberman, “Clintons Go All Out Of Terry McAuliffe,” Politico, 10/19/13)

Many Democrats Saw McAuliffe’s Campaign As The “Ground Floor” Of What Would Be Clinton’s Presidential Run. “Many Democrats see Mc­Auliffe’s gubernatorial campaign as the ground floor of a would-be Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential run – with his Virginia operation serving as a farm team in a critical swing state and donors believing they can curry favor with her by helping Mc­Auliffe.” (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, “Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe’s Campaign For Va. Governor,” The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

McAuliffe Owes His Political Career To The Clintons. “McAuliffe’s close ties to the Clintons have fueled his political career – during the Clinton presidency, he was often referred to as ‘first friend.’” (Tom Hamburger and Ben Pershing, “Company With Ties To Terry McAuliffe Is Under SEC Investigation,” The Washington Post,  8/2/13)

  • “During The Clinton Presidency, He Was Often Referred To As ‘First Friend.’” (Tom Hamburger and Ben Pershing, “Company With Ties To Terry McAuliffe Is Under SEC Investigation,” The Washington Post,  8/2/13)

MCAULIFFE RAKED IN THE CASH FOR BILL CLINTON, AND HE DIDN’T MIND GETTING HIS HANDS DIRTY TO DO IT

McAuliffe Openly Bragged About Selling Access To President Clinton “Thousands Of Times”

McAuliffe: “‘I’m A Salesman Who Sells Something. And The Product Happens To Be The President.’” (Ed Vulliamy, “Alligator Wrestling: $15,000 Your Lunch With Bill: $50,000,” The Observer, 8/24/97)

McAuliffe: “‘Did I Ever Ring Anyone And Say That For $ 50,000 You Can Have Lunch With The President? Or, For Whatever, You Can Fly On Air Force One? Yes, I Did - Thousands Of Times! And So What?’” “‘I’m a salesman who sells something. And the product happens to be the President. Did I ever ring anyone and say that for $ 50,000 you can have lunch with the President? Or, for whatever, you can fly on Air Force One? Yes, I did - thousands of times! And so what?’” (Ed Vulliamy, “Alligator Wrestling: $15,000 Your Lunch With Bill: $50,000,” The Observer, 8/24/97)

“‘When It Comes To Political Money, This Is A Period When Rome Is Burning And McAuliffe Is The Fiddler,’ Says Fred Wertheimer Of Democracy 21, A Nonprofit Group Dedicated To Tracking The Influence Of Money On Politics. (Michael Weisskopf, “The Kingmaker,” Time, 5/30/00)

  • Wertheimer: “Terry McAuliffe Is A Classic Example Of What’s Wrong With This Political System…He Thinks He’s Doing Something Great For Democracy. What He Is Is A Middleman Buying And Selling Influence Over Government Policies.” (Elizabeth Shogren, “Democratic Fund-Raising King Has 26 Million Reasons to Gloat,” Los Angeles Times, 5/23/00)

McAuliffe Was The “Booking Agent” Of The Clinton White House’s Lincoln Bedroom

McAuliffe Devised The Strategy To Woo Clinton Donors By Offering Perks Like Overnight Stays In The White House’s Lincoln Bedroom. “This is far from the first time McAuliffe has come to the aid of the Clintons. He headed fund-raising for the president’s 1996 reelection campaign, devising the strategy that included wooing big donors with such benefits as overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom.” (Ruth Marcus, “Clinton’s Home Loan Deal Raises Questions,” The Washington Post, 9/4/99)

So Many Democratic Donors Stayed Overnight Under McAuliffe’s Program That One Democratic Fundraiser Likened The White House To A “Motel 6.” “So many big-money donors have slept at the White House in recent years that one Clinton fund-raiser likens the executive mansion to a Motel 6.” (Michael Weisskopf And Charles R Babcock, “Donors Pay And Stay At White House,” The Washington Post, 12/15/96)

And FBI Agent Who Investigated The Scheme Said 178 Individuals Who Contributed Over $5 Million To The DNC Stayed Overnight At The White House Under McAuliffe And Clinton. FBI SPECIAL AGENT JEROME CAMPANE: “Of the remaining 178 individuals, FEC records revealed that these individuals contributed a total of over $5 million to the DNC during the ‘96 election cycle. These 178 people can be divided into 114 families. And if you analyze it from that perspective, it results in an average contribution, at least per family, of over $44,000.” (Special Agent Jerome Campane, Governmental Affairs Committee, United States Senate, Testimony, 9/18/97)

The Campaign Of Fellow 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Moran Called McAuliffe “The Booking Agent Of The Lincoln Bedroom.” “Former Virginia Del. Brian Moran’s campaign slammed fellow Democratic governor hopeful Terry McAuliffe on Thursday, deriding him as ‘the booking agent of the Lincoln Bedroom.’ Responding to a mailer sent out by McAuliffe’s campaign, Moran campaign manager Andrew Roos said in a statement that ‘the last place we would go for a public service lesson is a Wall Street insider.’ ‘For decades, Mr. McAuliffe traded access for money, ensuring that big companies — not people — were in control, all the while pocketing millions through his proximity to power,’ Roos said. ‘Brian Moran will take no lectures on ethics from the booking agent of the Lincoln Bedroom and the architect of the Business Leadership Forum.’” (Andy Barr, “Brian Moran: Terry McAuliffe Was W.H. ‘Booking Agent’,” Politico, 5/28/09)

THE CLINTON OPERATIVE WHO HELPED ORCHESTRATE A “SHADOW CAMPAIGN” FOR HILLARY IN 2008 HAS CLOSE TIES TO MCAULIFFE

“The D.C. Businessman At The Center Of An Ongoing City Corruption Investigation Secretly Spent More Than A Half-Million Dollars On Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts For Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, According To Interviews And Court Documents Filed Wednesday.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

In 2008, Embroiled D.C. Businessman Jeffrey Thompson Allegedly “Financed An Independent Effort To Reach Urban Voters On Behalf Of Clinton In Texas And At Least Three Other States.” “Financed An “Jeffrey E. Thompson, a former city contractor who allegedly financed a secret campaign for then-mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D) in 2010, financed an independent effort to reach urban voters on behalf of Clinton in Texas and at least three other states during the 2008 Democratic primaries, according to the interviews and documents.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

  • “Thompson Allegedly Paid Troy White, A New York Marketing Executive, More Than $608,000 To Hire ‘Street Teams’ To Distribute Posters, Stickers And Yard Signs” On Behalf Of Clinton.  “Thompson allegedly paid Troy White, a New York marketing executive, more than $608,000 to hire ‘street teams’ to distribute posters, stickers and yard signs beginning in February 2008 to help raise Clinton’s profile during her primary battle with then-Sen. Barack Obama, according to the documents and interviews with several people familiar with the investigation.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

Court Documents Allege The Thompson Secretly Helped Clinton In Texas, North Carolina, Indiana And At Least One Other State. “The allegations that Thompson secretly helped Clinton in Texas and at least three other primary states in 2008 are similar to allegations about activities surrounding the Gray campaign. Two of those states were North Carolina and Indiana, according to people familiar with the case. The fourth state was unknown.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

  • “A Search Of Federal Campaign Records Found No Evidence That Thompson Or White Disclosed The Alleged Expenditures Or Activities To The Federal Election Commission, As Required By Campaign Finance Laws.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

Minyon Moore, The Clinton Operative Who Connected Thompson And White, Has Close Ties With McAuliffe

Court Documents Indicate That Clinton Adviser Minyon Moore Connected Thompson To White. “Court documents and interviews indicate that in early 2008, as Clinton struggled to make up ground against Obama in the primaries, White directly approached the Clinton campaign, pitching his ability to help organize supporters in urban areas. After campaign officials declined his services, a longtime Clinton adviser, Minyon Moore, helped connect White with Thompson, who agreed to fund his canvassing operation, according to the documents and interviews. Moore is not identified in the documents, but several people with knowledge of the case said she is the campaign official described in those documents.” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

  • Moore Provided White With Campaign Materials, Such As Bumper Stickers And Yard Signs, As Well As “Confidential Internal Information” About The Campaign’s Itinerary. “According to prosecutors, White maintained contact with Moore, who arranged for Clinton’s Texas campaign office to provide White’s ‘street team workers’ with campaign-prepared materials — such as bumper stickers and yard signs. Moore also gave White ‘confidential internal information’ about the campaign’s itinerary, according to the court filing. (Ann E Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. executive linked to secret 2008 aid to Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

Moore Was A Senior Adviser To Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Campaign. “On Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Moore was a senior adviser, working closely with many departments of the campaign, and she was particularly instrumental in African American outreach. She was one of the District’s 21 ‘superdelegates.’” (Ann E. Marimow and Philip Rucker, “D.C. Executive Linked To Secret 2008 Aid To Hillary Clinton,” The Washington Post, 9/11/13)

McAuliffe Appointed Moore His Chief Operating Officer When He Was Elected Chairman Of The Democratic National Committee. “In his 2008 book, “What a Party,” McAuliffe writes: “My first official act as chairman was to name Minyon Moore as my chief operating officer. Minyon was one of the classiest, most talented women in American politics, as well as one of the most loyal.” (Ben Pershing And Laura Vozzella, “McAuliffe Says He Won’t Give Back Thompson Donation,” The Washington Post, 9/12/13)

Moore Is Credited With Having Helped Secure The DNC Chairmanship For McAuliffe. “McAuliffe also credited Moore with helping to secure him the DNC chairmanship in the first place, noting that she helped round up support from the DNC Black Caucus.” (Ben Pershing And Laura Vozzella, “McAuliffe Says He Won’t Give Back Thompson Donation,” The Washington Post, 9/12/13)

Moore Remains Clinton’s “Political Eyes And Ears”

Minyon Moore Organized A Meeting Between Hillary Clinton And Campaign Operatives To Discuss A Possible Presidential Run In 2016. “Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington’s Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign.  Three officials from the Democratic consulting firm Dewey Square Group — veteran field organizer Michael Whouley, firm founder Charlie Baker and strategist Jill Alper, whose expertise includes voter attitudes toward women candidates — delivered a dispassionate, numbers-driven assessment. They broke down filing deadlines in certain states, projected how much money Clinton would need to raise and described how field operations have become more sophisticated in the era of Barack Obama.  The meeting was organized by Minyon Moore, a longtime Clinton intimate also at Dewey Square who has informally become the potential candidate’s political eyes and ears of late.” (Maggie Haberman, “Hillary Clinton's Shadow Campaign,” Politico, 1/5/14)

  • “The Meeting Was Organized By Minyon Moore, A Longtime Clinton Intimate Also At Dewey Square Who Has Informally Become The Potential Candidate’s Political Eyes And Ears Of Late.” (Maggie Haberman, “Hillary Clinton's Shadow Campaign,” Politico, 1/5/14)

MCAULIFFE EVEN HIRED HILLARY’S BROTHER FOR A DO-NOTHING JOB AT SCANDAL-PLAGUED GREENTECH

McAuliffe Hired Anthony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s Brother, To Oversee Investor Recruitment For GreenTech. “Mr. McAuliffe’s GreenTech career — he resigned as chairman last December to focus on his campaign — fits a pattern of tying into the Clinton network.  His old friend Bill Clinton attended the ribbon cutting at GreenTech’s Mississippi plant in July 2012. Mr. McAuliffe hired Anthony Rodham, Mrs. Clinton’s younger brother, to oversee investor recruitment.” (Trip Gabriel, “Hopeful’s Connections Jolt Bitter Virginia Race," The New York Times, 8/9/13)

But Company Lawyers Wrote Rodham’s Important Emails And He Was Seldom In The Office, According To Company Insiders. “But if GreenTech thought the Clinton connection would help with financing, Mr. Rodham, according to current and former GreenTech executives, did not play a key role. Company lawyers have been known to write his important e-mails. A former senior employee said Mr. Rodham was almost never in the office, a glass tower next to the Tysons Galleria mall here in Northern Virginia.” (Trip Gabriel, “Hopeful’s Connections Jolt Bitter Virginia Race," The New York Times, 8/9/13)

  • Former GreenTech Executive: “I Don’t Recall Seeing Him On E-Mail Chains, On Conference Calls; I Don’t Recall Him Having Any Material Involvement Whatsoever.” “A former executive who worked in the office shared by GreenTech and Gulf Coast, where Mr. Rodham held the title of president, spoke of rarely spotting him. “I don’t recall seeing him on e-mail chains, on conference calls; I don’t recall him having any material involvement whatsoever,” said the former executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect relationships with other GreenTech figures. (Trip Gabriel, “Hopeful’s Connections Jolt Bitter Virginia Race," The New York Times, 8/9/13)

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