Hillary raised the PAC money donated to the wife of the FBI official in charge of her email investigation …
(Daily Mail) – Hillary Clinton headlined a major fundraiser for a political action committee shortly before the group steered nearly $500,000 to the wife of the FBI official who oversaw the Clinton email investigation, DailyMail.com has learned.
Clinton’s ties to the Common Good VA – a Virginia state PAC run by Clinton’s long-time friend and advisor Terry McAuliffe, its governor – came under scrutiny this week after the Wall Street Journal reported that the group donated heavily to the state senate campaign of Jill McCabe.
Her husband Andrew McCabe led the FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails.
Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI, told the Wall Street Journal that he complied with federal ethics rules and was not promoted to lead the Clinton probe until months after his wife’s unsuccessful state senate bid ended.
But Republicans said the large payments from McAuliffe’s PAC to Jill McCabe raise questions about the impartiality of the FBI’s investigation, which determined that Clinton and her aides did not violate any laws while using a private email server to conduct government business.
Common Good VA was the largest single donor to Jill McCabe’s campaign, election records show, giving her $467,000 between June and October of 2015.
She was the third-largest recipient of money from the group, which can only contribute to Virginia state candidates.
Her campaign also received an additional $207,788 from the Democratic Party of Virginia, a group over which McAuliffe exerts significant control. Combined, the money made up nearly one-third of her total funding.
But Clinton’s ties to Common Good VA go beyond her relationship with McAuliffe. In June 2015, she headlined a key fundraiser for the group, which reportedly brought in over $1 million for the PAC and the Democratic Party of Virginia.
In the four months that followed, five-and-six-figure donations poured into Common Good VA from out-of-state Clinton supporters and aides.
Common Good VA, which McAuliffe founded in 2014, also appeared to act as a holding zone for future Clinton campaign staffers.
Over the past two years, at least five employees left the small PAC to take senior roles in Clinton’s campaign, according to Virginia election records reviewed by the DailyMail.com.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a Virginia-based government watchdog group, said the financial trail raises significant concerns about the neutrality of the FBI investigation overseen by Andrew McCabe.
‘The fact that Hillary Clinton’s inner circle was raising substantial funds for Gov. McAuliffe’s PAC and this same PAC gave close to a half-million dollars to the campaign of the wife of the senior FBI official involved in the Clinton investigation sure looks like a payoff – a major payoff,’ said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center.
‘What was already a serious corruption story now looks much worse.’
Clinton was the feature speaker at a June 26, 2015 ticketed joint fundraiser for the Common Good VA and the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Although the speech was billed as Clinton’s first official event after her campaign launch, none of the money raised went to her own campaign.
In her speech, Clinton praised McAuliffe and urged attendees to support Democrats in the state legislature.
‘Virginia, let’s work together to make sure this beloved commonwealth is blue, that we have Democrats in the state legislature to work with the governor, and that we do have a Democratic president in the White House in 2017,’ Clinton told the crowd.
The Clinton campaign and Common Good VA did not respond to requests for comment about the June 2015 fundraiser, and whether Clinton met with Jill McCabe at the event.
The Virginia Democratic Party claimed at the time that the fundraiser pulled in over $1 million.
According to state election records, a number of high-dollar donations that week to Common Good VA came from Clinton’s close friends and aides.
Although Common Good VA is only allowed to fund state-level candidates, many of its largest donations came from outside of Virginia – including $50,000 from Clinton Foundation official Doug Band in New York, $100,000 from Clinton loyalist Robert Johnson in Maryland, and $10,000 from Clinton mega-donor Stephen Cloobeck in Nevada.
In the following months, Common Good VA received several major donations from other close Clinton associates, including $100,000 from Bill Clinton’s business partner Ron Burkle in California and $50,000 from Ready for Hillary’s finance committee member Leonard Lauder in New York.
Meanwhile, pressure is mounting for Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to resign. I think he might be about to feel an even bigger burn than demotion or unemployment.