Falls Church, VA --News Direct-- National Legal & Policy Center
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Terry McAuliffe and his campaign for accepting $350,000 from Lyca Tel LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of a UK holding company, owned, and controlled by Sri Lankan-born British national Allirajah Subaskaran.
The complaint also names Lyca Tel and Subaskaran as respondents.
LycaTel, a discount calling card provider, boasts a complicated web of offshore businesses and has been the subject of tax-fraud and money-laundering allegations overseas. The contribution is one of the largest received by McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign this election cycle.
Federal law prohibits campaign contributions from a foreign national or foreign company to federal, state, and local elections. The contributions were made in July 2021.
“The FEC should thoroughly investigate NLPC’s complaint and issue subpoenas to Terry McAuliffe and Lycal Tel and demand that he return of the contribution,” said Paul Kamenar, NLPC’s counsel who drafted and filed the complaint.
“This is not the first time McAuliffe was charged with accepting foreign donations,” said Peter Flaherty, NLPC Chairman. “The FBI in 2016 reportedly opened an investigation into a $120,000 donation McAuliffe received in his prior campaign from a company owned by Wang Wenliang, a Chinese citizen and U.S. green card holder who served as a delegate to China's parliament.”
NLPC’s Government Integrity Project has filed numerous ethics complaints with the FEC, IRA, DOJ, and Congressional Ethics Committees against government officials.
For more information or a copy of the FEC Complaint, please contact Paul Kamenar at 301-257-9435.
Please visit http://www.nlpc.org
Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action.
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