Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign said Thursday that he would not return a 2009 campaign donation from a businessman at the center of a corruption investigation.
Jeffrey E. Thompson, a District businessman, gave $2,500 to McAuliffe’s unsuccessful bid for governor four years ago. Republicans called on McAuliffe — who is now running against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) — to return that donation after The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Thompson was linked to an alleged secret effort to turn out votes for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
“It’s now been revealed that Terry McAuliffe accepted campaign cash from a fellow shady businessman Jeffrey Thompson who engaged in secret and allegedly illegal action to help Hillary Clinton take down Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign,” said Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. “Given Thompson’s actions and the fact that other prominent Democrats have already acted, the right thing for Terry McAuliffe to do is to return these tainted contributions.”