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Tricky Terry Strikes Again

- July 22, 2013

TERRY MCAULIFFE ADDED TO HIS TROUBLED HISTORY WITH THE TRUTH AT SATURDAY'S DEBATE

In Saturday's Gubernatorial Debate, Terry McAuliffe Made The False Claim That A Richmond Prosecutor's Report Concluded That Cuccinelli "Should Have Been Prosecuted." "'If you read the whole report, which I have,' McAuliffe said, 'it says in here that the attorney general should have been prosecuted' over his failure to disclose his stock holdings in Star Scientific and gifts from Williams. McAuliffe also said that because of Cuccinelli's ties to Williams and Star, which filed a civil tax case against the state, 'a judge took the case away from him because of a conflict of interest.'" (Ben Pershing And Laura Vozzella, "Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Spar At Va. Gubernatorial Debate," The Washington Post , 7/20/13)

  • In Fact, The Prosecutor's Report Cleared Cuccinelli. "Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring said in a report last week that he found no evidence that Cuccinelli had violated the law. And it was Cuccinelli's office that requested recusal from the tax case. (Ben Pershing And Laura Vozzella, "Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Spar At Va. Gubernatorial Debate," The Washington Post , 7/20/13)

The Fact-Checkers Were Unanimous - Terry Lied

Politifact Gave McAuliffe's Claim A "Pants On Fire" Rating. "McAuliffe's hyperbolic statement is not only wrong, it defies any reasonable reading of the report. We rate his comment Pants on Fire. ("McAuliffe Says Ethics Investigation Concluded Cuccinelli 'Should Have Been Prosecuted'," Politifact , 7/20/13)

  • Politifact: " There Is Nothing In The Report That Remotely Supports McAuliffe's Claim. To The Contrary, The Report Concludes Cuccinelli Did Not Violate Any Laws." ("McAuliffe Says Ethics Investigation Concluded Cuccinelli 'Should Have Been Prosecuted'," Politifact , 7/20/13)

The Washington Post Called It "The Most Obvious Misstatement Of The Debate." "In the most obvious misstatement of the debate, McAuliffe attacked Cuccinelli over the findings of a Richmond prosecutor who had been tasked with investigating Cuccinelli's financial disclosures." (Ben Pershing And Laura Vozzella, "Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Spar At Va. Gubernatorial Debate," The Washington Post , 7/20/13)

The Associated Press Said McAuliffe "Misstated A Couple Of Facts" And "Mischaracterized" The Report. "Just as McAuliffe got rolling, however, he misstated a couple of facts. First, he mischaracterized a Richmond prosecutor's report Thursday that cleared Cuccinelli of violating Virginia ethics laws with his belated disclosures of several Williams gifts." ("McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Grapple For An Advantage In 1st Debate, A Rural Va. Midsummer Clash", The Associated Press , 7/20/13)

Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney: "McAuliffe's Misstatements About The Williams Case Only Reinforced His Reputation As A Slick, Fast-Talking Operator." (Robert McCartney, "Terry McAuliffe Looks Gubernatorial, Mostly," The Washington Post , 7/20/13)

McAuliffe Has A Well-Earned Reputation For Being Dishonest

Earlier This Month , The Richmond Times-Dispatch Called Out Terry McAuliffe For His Repeated Exaggerations Of His Accomplishments. "So it's no surprise that GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has been crying foul over Democrat Terry McAuliffe's claims about his own business record. Yet Cuccinelli has gotten some big help from a surprising source: McAuliffe himself." (Editorial, "Tricky Terry?" Richmond Times-Dispatch , 7/7/13)

  • RTD: "[McAuliffe] Has A Pattern Of Making Expansive Claims That Don't Hold Up Under Scrutiny." (Editorial, "Tricky Terry?" Richmond Times-Dispatch , 7/7/13)

The New York Times ' Mark Leibovich: "It Would Be Understating Things To Say That McAuliffe Is Prone To Overstating Things. To Deprive Him Of Hyperbole And Exaggeration Would Be Like Depriving A Mathematician Of Numbers." (Mark Leibovich, "Terry McAuliffe, The Man Who Put The Pep In Rally," The Washington Post, 7/28/04)

MCAULIFFE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PLAYING FAST AND LOOSE WITH THE TRUTH

McAuliffe Claimed He Is Creating Renewable Energy Jobs With Franklin Pellets, But The Company Has Yet To Break Ground

McAuliffe Boasted In 2011 That Frankin Pellets Was Creating Renewable Energy Jobs In Virginia. MCAULIFFE: "I'm down in Franklin, Virginia, creating and saving these jobs, but I'm shipping all the wood pellets over to Europe.... Let's take over every shuttered paper mill in America and do the same thing. It's a win-win. We're creating jobs, it's good for the environment, and it helps reduce our dependence on foreign countries for providing energy to us." ("Politics Matters Interviews Terry McAuliffe," http://politicsmatters.org, Aired September 2011)

  • But, In Reality, "There Has Not Been Any Tangible Evidence That Franklin Pellets Is Any Closer To A Groundbreaking." "As far back as early 2010, a group of investors that includes Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, announced an interest in buying International Paper Co.'s mill in Franklin. At that time, the plant was already in the midst of closing. The investors wanted to convert it into a wood-fired and biomass power plant. A company called Franklin Pellets was eventually formed. A little more than three years later, there has not been any tangible evidence that Franklin Pellets is any closer to a groundbreaking." (Stephen H Cowles, "Where Is Franklin Pellets?," Tidewater News, 5/4/13/)

McAuliffe Boasted That He's Created 100,000 Jobs, But Can't Back It Up

In A 2009 Debate, McAuliffe Bragged That He Had "Created Over 100,000 Jobs." "At a debate during his failed 2009 campaign, McAuliffe declared he 'created over 100,000 jobs-good-paying jobs with benefits and good wages. That's what I'll do as governor.'" (Beth Reinhard, "To Beat Terry McAuliffe, Virginia GOP Turns To Anti-Romney Playbook," National Journal , 4/11/13)

  • McAuliffe's Claim To Have "Created Over 100,000 Jobs" Exceeds The Number Of North American Employees For Major Companies, Such As Microsoft (55,000 People), Coca-Cola (75,000 People) And Ford (80,000 People). (SEC Form 10-K, Microsoft, 7/26/12; "Coca-Cola Cutting 750 U.S. Jobs," Reuters, 3/21/13; SEC Form 10-K, Ford Motor Company , 2/18/13)

Now, McAuliffe Refuses To Defend His 100,000 Jobs Claim. "McAuliffe's campaign on Wednesday did not respond directly to questions about whether he stands by the 100,000 jobs-the same number Republican presidential nominee Romney struggled to defend in the 2012 campaign." (Beth Reinhard, "To Beat Terry McAuliffe, Virginia GOP Turns To Anti-Romney Playbook," National Journal , 4/11/13)

McAuliffe Said He Helped Secure Passage Of Governor McDonnell's Transportation Bill - A Claim Disputed By Both Republicans And Democrats

McAuliffe Aired A Campaign Ad Claiming That He Helped Pass Governor McDonnell's Transportation Bill. "McAuliffe reaches out to Democrats, and urges them to support the bill. And the bill passes." ("Too Important," McAuliffe For Governor TV Ad , 5/22/13)

Democratic Senate Aide: "There Was No Contact Between Terry McAuliffe And Our Office And Nobody Thought He Had Any Impact On The Outcome." (David Sherfinski, "Virginia Governor's Race Turns Harsh With McAuliffe's Soft Campaign Ad," The Washington Times, 5/28/13)

State Sen. Charles Colgan (D-Manassas): "When I Was There, [McAuliffe] Didn't [Speak To Me]." "Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Manassas Democrat and the longest-serving member of the Senate, was an informal adviser to the conferees as they hashed out differences between the House and Senate versions. But Mr. McAuliffe never spoke to him about it, he said Tuesday. 'When I was there, he didn't,' Mr. Colgan said." (David Sherfinski, "Virginia Governor's Race Turns Harsh With McAuliffe's Soft Campaign Ad," The Washington Times, 5/28/13)

State Sen. J. Chapman Petersen (D-Fairfax): "I Don't Know If [McAuliffe] Tried To Reach Me." "J. Chapman Petersen, Fairfax Democrat and one of two Northern Virginia senators to vote against the plan, said he never spoke with Mr. McAuliffe. 'I don't know if he tried to reach me,' he said." (David Sherfinski, "Virginia Governor's Race Turns Harsh With McAuliffe's Soft Campaign Ad," The Washington Times, 5/28/13)

State Sen. Walter Stosch (R-Henrico): "McAuliffe Was Not A Participant Nor Did He Have Any Influence…" "Terry McAuliffe was not a participant nor did he have any influence in the development or negotiation of the transportation bill… I am not aware of any contacts or influence he provided resulting in changing the outcome of HB 2313." (Todd Allen Wilson, "Sen. Stosch Says McAuliffe Didn't Help Transportation Deal Pass," Hampton Roads Daily Press , 5/28/13)

  • Stosch: "McAuliffe Had Nothing To Do With Securing The Measure's Final Passage. His Attempt At Claiming Credit Where None Is Due Is An Example Of Self-Puffery That Frankly Deserves A Prompt Correction…" (Todd Allen Wilson, "Sen. Stosch Says McAuliffe Didn't Help Transportation Deal Pass," Hampton Roads Daily Press , 5/28/13)

McAuliffe Misled Senate Investigators About His Involvement In An Illegal Campaign Finance Scheme

In 1997, The Senate Investigated Whether The Clinton Re-Election Campaign Had Illegally Engineered A Contribution Swap With The Teamsters. "The Senate committee investigating allegations of campaign fund-raising abuses turned its attention for the first time yesterday to the possibility that funds from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters were improperly directed into the Clinton-Gore reelection effort last year. The panel's chairman, Sen. Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.), suggested early yesterday that President Clinton knew about an alleged conspiracy to swap Teamsters contributions in exchange for Democratic fund-raisers directing big donors to contribute to the reelection effort of Teamsters President Ron Carey." (Susan Schmidt, "Teamsters Contributions To Clinton Effort Probed," The Washington Post, 10/9/97)

McAuliffe Gave Sworn Testimony That He Had No Part In The Alleged Scheme. "The report also cited sworn Senate testimony by Terence McAuliffe, who was treasurer of the Clinton-Gore '96 campaign, in which he said he had no active part in discussions about a contribution swap scheme that triggered a federal grand jury investigation of the 1996 Teamsters election." (Kevin Galvin, "Fund-Raising Report Says Gore, Others Misstated Campaign '96 Roles," The Associated Press, 2/10/98)

  • But The Executive Director Of The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Testified That McAuliffe Did Participate. "But Matthew Angle, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told Senate investigators that McAuliffe "asked did we know anybody that could or would write a check to (Teamsters President) Ron Carey and that if we could help Carey, then we would perhaps get contributions back to the DCCC." (Kevin Galvin, "Fund-Raising Report Says Gore, Others Misstated Campaign '96 Roles," The Associated Press, 2/10/98)

Senate Investigators Concluded That "Terry McAuliffe And Or Other Officials Of The DNC Participated In Efforts To Engage In A Contribution Swap Scheme." "The Senate investigators, working for the GOP-controlled Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, reached this conclusion: 'In sum, the committee concludes that Terry McAuliffe and or other officials of the DNC participated in efforts to engage in a contribution swap scheme. Such efforts included soliciting an illegal contribution for Carey's campaign.'" (Chris Mondics, "McAuliffe Knew About Teamsters Plan To Swap Funds, Officials Say," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/20/01)

The DNC's Former Finance Director Testified In Federal Court That McAuliffe Had Played "A Major Role" In The Scheme. "A former Democratic official has testified that Terence McAuliffe, President Clinton's friend and chief fund-raiser, played a major role in promoting an illegal scheme in which Democratic donors were to contribute to the Teamster president's re-election campaign, and in exchange the Teamsters were to donate large sums to the Democrats. The official, Richard Sullivan, the Democratic National Committee's former finance director, testified in Manhattan at the trial of William Hamilton, the Teamsters former political director, that Mr. McAuliffe urged him and other fund-raisers to find a rich Democrat to donate at least $50,000 to the 1996 re-election campaign of Ron Carey, the former Teamsters president." (Steven Greenhouse, "Witness Says Clinton Friend Had Part In Teamster Money Scheme," The New York Times, 11/18/99)

McAuliffe Acknowledged Discussing A Potential Swap Of Campaign Funds, Saying "You Help Me, I'll Help You. That's Politics." "This year, Mr. McAuliffe's role in a questionable plan to swap contributions in 1996 by the Teamsters union and the Democratic Party surfaced during the federal trial in New York of the former political director of the union, who was convicted of fraud and conspiracy. Mr. McAuliffe, in an interview, acknowledged discussing a potential swap. 'You help me, I'll help you. That's politics,' he said. But he denied doing anything wrong, saying he had not known that the plan - which was never implemented - was meant to aid the 1996 re-election campaign of Ron Carey, the former Teamsters president." (Jeff Gerth, "Friendship Counts: Clinton's Top Fund-Raiser Made Lots For Himself, Too," The New York Times, 12/12/99)


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