Corruption alert: Virginia-based power company trying to dissuade gun owners from voting

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VIRGINIA – According to reports, a Virginia-based power company is allegedly involved financially in a deceptive political advertising campaign aimed at tarnishing a Republican gubernatorial candidate via donations to a PAC masquerading as one looking out for gun owners – but appears to be trying to stop gun owners from hitting the polls.

One of Virginia’s biggest power companies, Dominion Energy, is working to prevent gun owners from voting in this year’s statewide elections.

Dominion’s political action committee contributed $200,000 to the Accountability Virginia PAC, which has funded for smear advertisements against GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, according to The Reload’s Stephen Gutowski.

The commercials criticize Youngkin for not receiving endorsements from the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League, two major pro-Second Amendment organizations.

Yet, Gutowski noted in his report that Accountability Virginia PAC – who funded these attack ads that would appeal to Second Amendment enthusiasts – is not a conservative PAC in the least:

“However, the group only sprung up in July and is run by a liberal consulting group that processes donations through the biggest liberal funding operation in the country.

While it attacks Youngkin from the right on guns, it has not done the same to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe even though he is much further to the left on the issue.

Rather than a straightforward campaign supporting gun rights, the effort appears intended to suppress gun voters and help McAuliffe win the tight race to become governor.”

In a sense, Accountability Virginia PAC appears to be trying to dissuade the pro-Second Amendment crowd from electing a Republican governor – effectively manipulating a pool of what they believe to likely be single-issue voters.

When McAuliffe campaigned for governor in 2013 and won, Dominion contributed directly to his campaign. Dominion gave $75,000 to McAuliffe’s campaign and $50,000 to his inauguration committee at the time.

When McAuliffe launched his candidacy for governor this time, his campaign said that he would not take campaign contributions from Dominion, which even the Washington Post noted in their report as being odd for the candidate as he has traditionally “been socially liberal but friendly to business.”

When Axios reported that Dominion had “found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe’s gubernatorial bid” by way of donating money to the “murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC”, Dominion spokesperson Rayhan Daudani shared the following comments regarding the matter:

“Our company’s political donations are disclosed monthly on the company website. We give in a bipartisan, transparent manner as our voluntary disclosures demonstrate and will continue to do so.”

Which to be fair, the power company has donated money to both the Democratic and Republican parties – but the company just so happens to donate more money to Democratic entities.

According to the company’s most recent financial report, which covers corporate political donations from January 1st to September 30th, 2021, the Democratic Governors Association received $250,000, while the Republican Governors Association received $200,000.

Additionally, the Democratic Attorneys General Association and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee each received $250,000 from Dominion, while the Republican State Leadership Committee received $195,000.

Of course, Dominion sent more money to Democrats by way of giving $200,000 to Accountability Virginia PAC, which is tied to a liberal consulting group.

Dominion also contributed $165,000 to Democrat Hala Ayala’s campaign, despite her initial refusal to take funds from the energy company. In addition, Dominion made a $150,000 donation to Republican Jason Miyares’ campaign.

By the numbers, Democrats collectively received $1,115,000 in donations from Dominion, whereas Republicans received $545,000 during the same period.

The race for governor in Virginia is going to be a tight one, with recent polls showing that McAuliffe currently has a 2-point lead over Youngkin.

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Candidate for governor explodes on Virginia sheriff for questioning ties to ‘Defund The Police’ group

(Originally published September 27th, 2021)

ROANOKE, VA – Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe responded angrily to a question from a Virginia sheriff on Wednesday who asked him about his acceptance of endorsements from left-wing groups who support defunding the police.

McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, was confronted by Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin Wednesday while speaking at a Virginia Sheriffs Association event.

Sheriff Partin asked the Democratic politician why McAuliffe would say he supports law enforcement, but then accepted endorsements from the progressive group New Virginia Majority.

The sheriff noted:

“On July 20, you accepted an endorsement from the New Virginia Majority. They are a large, ‘defund the police’ organization, who want to abolish prisons and (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ICE. You’ve said that you were proud to accept their endorsement.”

McAuliffe said he accepted all endorsements and then went on to attack the sheriff for even asking the question:

“Now first of all sheriff, I proudly accept any endorsements, I get hundreds and hundreds and hundreds.

“Groups that support me, I don’t know whether they do. Have I ever supported ‘defund the police’? Are you out of your mind?”

I’ve invested in law enforcement – I just went through 25 minutes of telling you what I do for the police. Not defunded, I funded them!”

McAuliffe could have trouble defending that statement, as he once posted on Twitter that he was proud of the group’s endorsement. Following the New Virginia Majority’s endorsement of him in the 2021 gubernatorial race, he posted:

“Proud to be endorsed by (New Virginia Majority). Together, we are going to keep Virginia moving forward. That starts with building a more inclusive Commonwealth that lifts up working people across Virginia. Onward!”

The sheriff countered with exasperation:

“Unbelievable. I don’t believe an answer to either one of those questions.”

McAuliffe, clearly bothered by the questioning,  shot back:

“Well, I don’t care what you believe. I’ve got a track record. And I’m proud of that track record and I funded the police. I’ve never been for defund the police, so don’t bring your political rhetoric in here to me. I’ve got a record. I deal in facts!”

Before the heated exchange, McAuliffe was touting his support for law enforcement to the group of law enforcement professionals at the gathering in the Hotel Roanoke:

“I got out of bed every single day, wanting to make sure that our communities were safe. I could go for issue after issue after issue where I stood up for the sheriffs, and I will continue to do it.”

The New Virginia Majority’s Twitter feed supports Partin’s accusations. The organization repeatedly calling for defunding law enforcement and abolishing ICE. One post by the group read:

“Defund the police and invest in education, health care, and housing for our communities!”

McAuliffe’s political opponent for governor, Glenn Youngkin, commented on the exchange through his campaign spokesman Christian Martinez:

“McAuliffe turned his back on law enforcement officers by refusing to meet with the Virginia Police Benevolent Association and embracing radical groups that want to defund the police and abolish prisons.

“McAuliffe failed to keep Virginians safe the last time he was governor, and he will fail again with his anti-police policies that are too dangerous and extreme for Virginia.”

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Virginia lieutenant governor claims he was treated like George Floyd, Emmett Till over sexual assault allegations

(Originally published April 10th, 2021)

 

The following article contains editorial content written by a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today

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PETERSBURG, VA – During the state of Virginia’s recent Democratic gubernatorial debate, Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax likened his plight when dealing with sexual assault allegations from 2019 to that of being treated as though he were Emmett Till or George Floyd.

On April 6th, Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial debate took place at Virginia State University in Petersburg. As the hour-long televised debate neared its end, Fairfax was answering a question with regard to envisioning the future of policing.

During said delivered answer, Fairfax segued into highlighting the death of George Floyd and correlating that incident to being emblematic to the alleged predicament suffered by black Americans when dealing with police:

“The murder of George Floyd was horrific. But it recalls a history in Virginia and in our nation where African Americans, in particular African American men, are presumed to be guilty, are treated inhumanely, are given no due process and have their lives impacted, in some cases taken away in an instant.”

While Fairfax’s characterization of the death of George Floyd is pretty run-of-the-mill in terms of modern day politi-speak, he then latched on to the mentioning of “no due process” to then correlate that to allegations that were brought against him back in 2019.

For those unaware of these 2019 allegations that were lodged against Fairfax, a woman by the name of Meredith Watson alleged that Fairfax had raped her while they were attending Duke University together in 2000.

Another woman, Vanessa Tyson, alleged that Fairfax had forced her to perform oral sex on him while they were at the Democratic National Convention in Boston back in 2004.

When Fairfax raised these past allegations against him, he claimed that those who called for his immediate resignation following the then-unsubstantiated allegations was tantamount to him being treated like Emmett Till and George Floyd:

“Everyone here on the stage called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe three minutes after a press release came out. He treated me like George Floyd; he treated me like Emmett Till — no due process, immediately assumed my guilt.

I have a son and a daughter. I don’t ever want my daughter to be assaulted, I don’t want my son to be falsely accused. And yet this is the real world that we live in.”

While Fairfax did genuinely endure some harsh scrutiny and criticism when those allegations surfaced back in 2019, which included folks flailing their proverbial pitchforks and calling for his resignation, it probably would have been more tactful to just characterize that experience as being devoid of “due process” and leave it at that.

In a legal sense, the verdict isn’t out yet on whether George Floyd simply died, or he was killed by Derek Chauvin.

But even acknowledging that ambiguity regarding that case, it’s simply not smart to compare one’s dealing with frivolous allegations of sexual assaults to that of someone that many believe to have been unjustly murdered.

Even if one were to completely ignore his self-comparison to George Floyd, Fairfax did have the audacity to proclaim that he was treated like Emmett Till.

Emmett Till was murdered by two men over an allegation that he whistled at a white woman walking by, and the two men wound up being that woman’s husband and brother. But the manner in which he was murdered was simply horrid.

It was back on August 28th of 1955 in Money, Mississippi when 14-year-old Emmett Till was forced to carry a 75-pound cotton gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River, where he was then instructed to remove his clothing by the two men.

These two men then nearly beat Emmett Till to death, gouged out one of his eyes, and then shot him in the head. His body was then thrown into the Tallahatchie River after his murderers had tied the cotton gin fan to his body.

So for Fairfax to compare his dealings with false allegations levied against him, even to the point where it spawned calls for his resignation, is completely absurd. 

Emmett Till was murdered brutally over a lie. Lt. Governor Fairfax had to engage in political damage control over some false allegations. Those two sets of experiences are not even in the same galaxy of comparable instances. 

Furthermore, anyone entering the realm of politics, or looking to move up in the world of, gets their fair share of hit pieces and slander/libel campaigns that attempt to attribute unsavory acts to them.

Fairfax having to navigate around such instances is not a unique experience, and certainly not one comparable to that of a boy who never got to see his 15th birthday because he was murdered solely for being accused of flirting with a white woman in 1955.
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