Close Clinton associate and Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an investigation by both the F.B.I. and the Justice Department’s public Integrity unit.
According to CNN, McAuliffe is the subject of an investigation that is looking into possibly illegal donations to his gubernatorial campaign.
Among the donations under scrutiny, according to Townhall.com, is a $120,000 donation to McAuliffe from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang.
The probe dates back to this past year and McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, an arm of the Clinton Foundation established by former President Bill Clinton and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, although officials said there is no allegation that the foundation did anything improper.
“Neither the Governor nor his former campaign has knowledge of this matter, but as reported, contributions to the campaign from Mr. Wang were completely lawful,” said McAuliffe campaign attorney Marc Elias. Elias also serves as general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
In addition to contributing to McAuliffe, Wang also has also pledged $2 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Wang, who holds permanent U.S. resident status, has also contributed to New York University, Harvard and environmental issues in Florida, CNN stated.
Although U.S. election law forbids foreign nationals from donating to federal, state or local elections.S. election law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to federal, state or local elections, his residency status would allow him to donate to the McAuliffe’s campaign.
A spokesman for the McAuliffe campaign said the Governor would cooperate completely with the investigation.
McAuliffe, who is also a superdelegate backing Clinton, conducted a high-dollar fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on Sunday, with tickets ranging from $500 to $2,700.
Photo by Edward Kimmel and used according to Creative Commons licensing.