Prominent Democrat Connected To Clintons Donated $675,000 To Campaign Of Deputy FBI Director's Wife

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The latest allegation of potential impropriety and conflict of interest involving the Democratic Party and the FBI, which over the summer famously cleared Hillary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing as relates to her personal email server, comes not from a Podesta email or a Wikileaks disclosure, but the WSJ which overnight reported that the political organization of Virginia Govenor Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.

Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.

Andrew McCabe, deputy director of the FBI

McAuliffe was prominently featured here most recently for his August decision to restore the voting rights of some 13,000 West Virginia ex-felons, an effort he was expected to continue until the voting rights for all 200,000 ex-criminals have been restored.

The WSJ adds that the Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.

Despite the boost in funding, after McAuliffe and other state party leaders recruited Dr. McCabe to run, she lost the election to incumbent Republican Dick Black.

A spokesman for the governor said he “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors… Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”


Among political candidates that year, Dr. McCabe was the third-largest recipient of funds from Common Good VA, the governor’s PAC, according to campaign finance records. Dan Gecker received $781,500 from the PAC and $214,456 from the state party for a campaign that raised $2.9 million, according to records; and Jeremy McPike received $803,500 from the PAC and $535,162 from the state party, raising more $3.8 million that year for his candidacy.

Seeking to clear away any speculation of impropriety and conflicts of interest , the FBI said in a statement that during his wife’s campaign Mr. McCabe “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

FBI officials said that after that meeting with the governor in Richmond on March 7, Mr. McCabe sought ethics advice from the bureau and followed it, avoiding involvement with public corruption cases in Virginia, and avoiding any campaign activity or events.  


Mr. McCabe’s supervision of the Clinton email case in 2016 wasn’t seen as a conflict or an ethics issue because his wife’s campaign was over by then and Mr. McAuliffe wasn’t part of the email probe, officials said.

Of course, despite the prompt denial that this fund transfer was not out of the ordinary, the money was not refunded and will serve as the latest suggestion that "pay-to-play" is alive and well, and involves not just the judicial branch, but also the supposedly impartial FBI.

As the WSJ also notes, McCabe is a longtime FBI official who focused much of his career on terrorism. His wife is a hospital physician who campaigned in northern Virginia, where the couple live with their children. The 2015 Virginia State senate race was Dr. McCabe’s first run for office and her campaign spent $1.8 million. The race was part of Mr. McAuliffe’s failed effort to win a Democratic majority in the Virginia legislature, which would have given him significantly more sway in Richmond, the state capital.

Some more details:

Mr. McAuliffe has been a central figure in the Clintons’ political careers for decades. In the 1990s, he was Bill Clinton’s chief fundraiser and he remains one of the couple’s closest allies and public boosters. Mrs. Clinton appeared with him in northern Virginia in 2015 as he sought to increase the number of Democrats in the state legislature.


Dr. McCabe announced her candidacy in March 2015, the same month it was revealed that Mrs. Clinton had used a private server as secretary of state to send and receive government emails, a disclosure that prompted the FBI investigation.

At the time the Clinton probe was launched in July 2015, McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office, which provided personnel and resources to the Clinton email probe.

The rabbit hole gets deeper: "That investigation examined whether Mrs. Clinton’s use of private email may have compromised national security by transmitting classified information in an insecure system. A review of Mrs. Clinton’s emails concluded that 110 messages contained classified information. Mrs. Clinton has said she made a mistake but that she never sent or received messages that were marked classified." We now know that also was incorrect.

At the end of July 2015, Mr. McCabe was promoted to FBI headquarters and assumed the No. 3 position at the agency. In February 2016, he became FBI Director James Comey’s second-in-command. As deputy director, Mr. McCabe was part of the executive leadership team overseeing the Clinton email investigation, though FBI officials say any final decisions on that probe were made by Mr. Comey, who served as a high-ranking Justice Department official in the administration of George W. Bush.

The paper concludes that "it was unclear the extent to which Mr. McCabe may have recused himself from discussions involving Mr. McAuliffe. When Mr. McCabe’s wife began her campaign, he shied away from involvement in Virginia public corruption cases, according to officials." He was, however, instrument in supervising Hillary's investigation the subsequently clearing her.

The punchline: "once the campaign was over, officials said, Mr. McCabe and FBI officials felt the potential conflict-of-interest issues ended."

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Bill of Rights's picture

Donated? Hardly, more like bought a position in the administration hoping Clinton wins...

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Nothing to see here, either.  Keep moving along.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Actual banana republics have to be pointing at us and laughing at this shit.

lakecity55's picture

I have been planting actual banana trees at the farm.

They make this little part of the US sooo much like a south american dictastorship.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) lakecity55 Oct 24, 2016 6:34 AM

Cool story bro

NoDebt's picture

"McCabe is a longtime FBI official who focused much of his career on terrorism. His wife is a hospital physician who campaigned in northern Virginia, where the couple live with their children."

The evil version of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan and his wife.


gmrpeabody's picture

How do you go from $650K to $500K in just one sentence..?

Manthong's picture

“allegation of potential impropriety and conflict of interest involving the Democratic Party and the FBI” that anything like “the sky is blue”   or.. “water is wet”  or.. "Hellary is a crooked and nasty person"?


..does anybody else out there understand what the concept of  "a priory" means?????    

WTF? ... just look at it.



NidStyles's picture

I know, who looks at this situation, and just thinks to themselves, hmmm they might not be doing this for illegal reasons...


NVM that it's actually illegal from the start....

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Vote Trump

A LOT of my friends on facebook are coaching each other to go out and vote for Hitlery.  People are going to vote this year. Even if your arse falls off, you still need to get to the booth and pull the lever for Trump.

Mr Pink's picture

Sounds like you need new fake friends

WordSmith2013's picture

There will be a revolt at the FBI before this is all done.


Internal Anger at the FBI Over Clinton Investigation Continues to Grow
PrayingMantis's picture



... FBI law enFARCEment ... what a joke! ... Full Blooded Idiots ...



Unreliable Narrator's picture

a priori


Seems like the FBI needs a new moniker.  I propose "Federal Bribery Institute".

teolawki's picture

Federal Bureau of Invertebrates works too.

t0mmyBerg's picture

I think you mean "a priori" as in knowable right from the start without even thinking about it or offering prrof or reasoning from induction or anything else.  But yeah, really bad.

But, sigh, just another in a long, long, LONG list of people that need to be disappeared.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

File this one under "BFD".  Just run of the mill corruption.  Will not change any voters minds.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) StackShinyStuff Oct 24, 2016 9:47 AM

(((Carly Simon))) does anti Trump ad.

Damn they must be running out of jews to attack Donald.

Chandos's picture

«How do you go from $650K to $500K in just one sentence..?»


By not reading the sentence after that....

nmewn's picture

Maduro, Stalin & Mao are fucking pikers compared to these Alinskyites.

They've got it all refined down to a crony political science now.

Lumberjack's picture

The Clinton Carcinoma has metatasized. Everything they touch contracts it and in some cases, it proves fatal.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

There's a TV series about those who pay the Clintons either for favors or not to be thugged, those whom the Clintons have aided after being paid, and those the Clintons have sexually assaulted. It's called, The Walking Dead.

ShrNfr's picture

You nailed it, or perhaps they nailed it. 

CheapBastard's picture

"Corruption never sleeps."

new game's picture

and it is no wonder we don't trust any authorities with a badge, gun or title of authority?

all democracies die from within, hence the enemy within, with corruption and money creation(fed) at the core. no checks and balances.

referendums(hijacked) dead too. the people are silenced. 

at least we have pea shooters...

1777's picture

LMAO! They make Stalin and Mao look like the JV team!

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) nmewn Oct 24, 2016 9:52 AM
Justice Department Extorts Companies to Fund Left-Wing Activists

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) greenskeeper carl Oct 24, 2016 6:37 AM

They(Actual banana republics) think the usa-banana is rotten-to-its core.

The Chimp-Prez not only eats the Wookie's black banana, he's a yellow bastard-banana eater to boot.

Oldwood's picture

The blatancy, the audacity of their actions tells us that they (probably accurately) assume there will be NO consequences. They don't care how it LOOKS because they are immune to the law, or even public opinion. Yes, the media provides ample cover, but the fact that they don't even seem to care who knows what, tells me they may have actual control of the votes...directly. I think that is what spells "banana republic".

TeamDepends's picture

Not quite. Don't forget de Beasts post-Lauer backstage tirade: "If that bastard wins, we all hang from nooses!" They know there is no escaping the wrath of the now awakened GIANT and are scared shitless! Lower level minions (Stephanopoolos!!!) should swing from lampposts, but the top dogs (Bill Ayers!!!) should be fed, slowly, into a wood-chipper- the American guillotine! Interesting times.

tenpanhandle's picture

Slowly, as in a 1/4 inch per day.

new game's picture

on times square like the midnight dance...

a freedom dance of sorts

for full display of wall street

they could jump to avoid the inevitable.

55 men's picture

fed feet first though, right?

and i would add a maintence break during each quarter way through

Nemontel's picture

This is really not funny. The nation is dying and sinking in corruption. There needs to be a purge of degenerates if America is to survive in its current borders.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

And this is still only the campaign.

Imagine four years of this horseshit with Hillary the Alinskyite (who dedicated his book Rules for Radicals to Lucifer) cramming every leftist agenda item down the throats of Americans.

CheapBastard's picture

But remember, Trump called someone fat years ago!

DjangoCat's picture

Western press den ounces the purge of Gulenists in Turkey.  This purge needs to be at least as big.

Pickleton's picture

But D'nesh D'souza actually went to prison for a few years for donating what, 5K of his own money to someone.



Paul Kersey's picture

ZH only scratched the tip of the iceberg on this one. McAuliffe was paying bribe money to the FBI in order to buy both the Clintons and himself out of an even bigger legal jackpot (think Clinton Foundation):

Washington (CNN)Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.

The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.
McAuliffe wasn't notified by investigators that he is a target of the probe, according to the officials.

"The Governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it," said Marc Elias, attorney for McAuliffe campaign, in a statement to CNN.
As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.

There's no allegation that the foundation did anything improper; the probe has focused on McAuliffe and the electoral campaign donations, the officials said.

Spokespeople for the Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, McAuliffe said he was "shocked" by the investigation and that it "has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation."

"This was an allegation of a gentleman who gave a check to my campaign," McAuliffe said. "I didn't bring the donor in. I didn't bring him into the Clinton foundation. I'm not sure if I've even met the person, to be honest with you."

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Washington (CNN)

Already laughing...

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit

Too funny. They will find that, even though laws were broken (a mere technicality), they weren't really broken because there was no intent of wrongdoing. McAuliffe will replace Comey as head of the FBI when Comey is promoted to US Attorney General.

shovelhead's picture

Washington DC and Wall St. are like a Never Never Land where there is never any intent.

A Land of sugar-coated Oopsies.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

All those dirtbags heavily involved in Clinton Crime, Inc. back in the 90s have all been up to their crimes these 20 years.

What a hell of a reunion they'll all have if Hitlery is elected.

And what a massive pardon she'll hand them all.

If God has turned his back on this country, it's because that is what we have earned.

DjangoCat's picture

The first shall be last and the meek shall inherit the earth.  Faith my man.