RICHMOND, Va. (UPI) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under federal investigation over possible illegal campaign contributions during his 2013 campaign, news media reported Monday.
McAuliffe, Virginia’s governor since January 2014, is reportedly under scrutiny from the FBI over the campaign’s funding, which may have violated federal law, NBC News reported, citing multiple sources.
The sources reportedly said investigators are particularly interested in contributions from Chinese politician Wang Wenliang, who is said to have donated $120,000 to the campaign.
According to records, the probe may involve dozens of donors who gave to the governor’s campaign. McAuliffe was the Democratic Party’s former leader between 2000 and 2005, and was co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 White House bid.
Monday, an attorney for McAuliffe said the governor had not yet been contacted by federal authorities. The Justice Department also did not confirm or deny news of the investigation Monday.
“Neither the governor nor his former campaign has knowledge of this matter,” attorney Marc E. Elias said. “Contributions to the campaign from Mr. Wang were completely lawful. The governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it.”
The fact that an investigation may be underway, however, does not constitute proof of wrongdoing, a source told ABC News. In fact, the inquiry could very well reveal nothing, they said.
McAuliffe did not immediately comment to news of the investigation Monday.
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