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Indeed, McAuliffe made his mark by targeting corporations with festering problems, ranging from liability suits to environmental and worker safety restraints to bothersome federal regulators.
It couldn't be learned what else the FBI and Justice Department are investigating as part of the probe in McAuliffe.
There are 120 donors who have contributed to both Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Clinton Foundation, giving a total of $13.4 million to the governor’s campaigns, inauguration, state party and political action committee. That increases to nearly $18 million if donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign are included.
The overlap of contributions shows how tightly McAuliffe’s universe is intertwined with the Clintons’. Their long, symbiotic relationship is shaping McAuliffe’s governorship and Hillary Clinton’s prospects for taking Virginia.
For example, one of the Clinton Foundation’s board members is Frank Guistra. According to a 2013 Huffington Post article, “Clinton was borrowing [Giustra’s private jet] to begin a four-day speaking tour of Latin America that would pay him $800,000...Frank Giustra was forming a friendship that would make him part of the former president’s inner circle and gain him introductions to presidents of Kazakhstan and Colombia... Giustra’s self-serving philanthropy also took him and Clinton to Kazakhstan in September 2007, as documented in a January 2008 New York Times investigation... Within two days [of the beginning of the trip], corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company [UrAsia Energy Ltd.] signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom,”...The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company [UrAsia] into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra....Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra... Within a year and a half, Giustra sold off his stake in the Kazatomprom joint venture for $3.1 billion, which he had originally purchased for $450 million.”
In a 2015 Washington Post piece, the governor of the Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, “More than 175 contributors to the Clinton Foundation and to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 Democratic presidential campaign have dug deep into their wallets for McAuliffe (Democrat), often giving prolifically despite little or no connection to Virginia...Among them is an Omaha database executive who lavished so much corporate jet travel on himself and the Clinton family that shareholders forced him out. A Hollywood media mogul with a singular interest in Israel. And an Argentine-born energy tycoon who recalled visiting Richmond just once — flying in and out years ago with Bill Clinton, his Georgetown classmate. Of the $60 million McAuliffe has raised for his two gubernatorial bids, inauguration, political action committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia, nearly $18 million has come from contributors to the Clinton Foundation or to Hillary Clinton’s current campaign.”
The Washington Post's Matt Zapotosky reported Monday evening that the investigation may be much broader than McAuliffe's ties to Wang. An unnamed government official told Zapotosky that investigators have been scrutinizing McAuliffe's personal finances: "including personal bank records, tax returns and public disclosure forms that date back many years -- and are interested in foreign sources of income."
If true, both those investigations -- and they really are dealing with two different subjects, campaign finances and personal finances -- are serious, says John Dunbar, the political director at the Center for Public Integrity and a campaign finance expert.
"Broadly speaking, any donation that's connected to a foreign national is going to attract a heck of a lot of attention from state and federal investigators," he said (for reasons we'll get into below). But it's also rare for investigators to actually launch an investigation, which takes a ton of public resources, he said.
"If it's in fact true, then it's definitely serious," Dunbar said.
On Monday, CNN broke the news that the FBI and the Justice Department had initiated an investigation into Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Here’s CNN: