The Democrat Connection – Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Pile_of_MoneyThe Democrat Connection

The French Connection was a famous thriller movie from 1971 that revolved around the drug trade coming into the US from France.  In the ‘60s and early ‘70s, a scheme was developed through which heroin was smuggled from Turkey to France and then to the United States through Canada.  The scheme was run by Corsican gangs who would disguise their illicit transportation as legitimate activities (car shipments for example).

The Fauquier County Democrat Connection while not illegal is just as intriguing.  Money being taken from citizens for supposed environmental or other social activities and then funneled between different supposed non-partisan organizations before winding up in the election coffers of Democrat candidates.  Following the money in these transactions provides almost as much intrigue, and the scheme has been many years in the making.  One of the most egregious is the money funneled to the McAuliffe campaign during the last election.

To follow the money we are blessed to have VPAP and the FEC to assist.  If you are not familiar with VPAP, that is the Virginia Public Access Project ( which provides a research tool to follow the donations and links as the money moves around.  With their easy research tool you can see how money flows from individuals to supposed non-partisan organizations and PACs and then to political parties and candidates.

Mcauliffe_fundingOne interesting search recently accomplished was started after looking at the funding for the Terry McAuliffe campaign.  The number one funding source was the Democratic Governors Association (DGA Action) PAC.  The second highest funding source was another Democrat aligned PAC, the Independence USA PAC created by Mayor Bloomberg.  But the most interesting was the third highest donation of almost $1.7 Million which was the VA League of Conservation Voters (VALCV).

Not being a PAC, it was interesting to look up the VALCV and see who they were, who created the organization, who runs the organization, and who they donated to, and where their money came from.  The VALCV claims they serve as the nonpartisan political voice of the Commonwealth’s conservation community.   I noticed that key word of “nonpartisan”, which means “not biased or partisan, especially toward any particular political group”, which is supposed to be synonymous with unbiased, impartial, and neutral.

The first available state registration for the organization is from 2001 which lists the Chairman as Marcia de Garmo from Aldie (since 2005 it shows she is from New Mexico).  In 2013 the records show the Chairman was John Jaske of Rapidian, Vice Chairman George Ohrstrom of Berryville, and Directors Leslie Cheek of Warrenton, Lori McGuinness of Rectortown, and Rab Thompson of The Plains (a few of the local individuals).  These are the individuals who would be voting on where the money VALCV_Board_Contributionswithin the organization is spent.

What do we know about the the political leanings of these individuals?  It is hard to say for sure since Virginia does not require party affiliation when registering to vote.  However, a look at their donation records would provide a clue as to their party affinity.  The table to the right shows the individuals and their donation records available on VPAP.  Based on that it appears they are most likely Democrats.

Being a nonpartisan organization you would expect their political donations to be minimal and when they have made donations they would be balanced between political parties.  A search of VPAP shows 99.6% of the nearly $2 Million in political donations for 2013 went to Democrats, with 98.1% of that money going to the top 3 positions (Governor Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring).  Reviewing the total VALCV donations since 1999 shows 97.6% of their donations went to Democrats.  Somehow I am not sure that meets the measure of unbiased, impartial or neutral.

Follow_the_VALCV_MoneySo far the information is just showing a Democrat leaning organization with Democrat leaning leadership giving to Democrats, so how does that meet the level of a “French Connection” type scenario.  This is where you have to follow the money.  Following one of the paths it appears the money started with a Mr. Thomas Steyer in Sacramento, CA and flows through the CE Action Committee (Sacramento, CA), the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund (Washington, DC), then to the League of Conservation Voters (Washington, DC) and then to the VALCV.  Interesting how that money starts in California and the winds up in Virginia.

Once you see the first path of money, the other paths start to appear showing money coming into Virginia from other states through supposed nonpartisan Environmental groups to fund Democrat candidates at the state and local levels.  Not to mention the money collected by these groups using their “Save the Planet” and “Stop Growth” agendas.

While the information gathered so far does not detail a vast conspiracy, it does give rise to questions you should reflect upon.  Are the organizations like the VALCV and other Conservation named groups focused on conservation or are they just Democrat Party shill groups?  Are you donating your money to save the environment or are you really donating to the Democrat Politicians?  Who are these out-of-state organizations or individuals and where did they get their money?

To learn more, use the tools at VPAP.ORG and FEC.GOV to follow the money to the recent elections.  You just might find there are some interesting connections between groups who receive Federal/State Tax Dollars and Grants, then heavily donate to the Democrat Party and candidates.




15 Responses to The Democrat Connection – Virginia League of Conservation Voters

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  4. chaoswx Reply

    March 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Two websites which track the ebb and flow of “green” money driving environmentalism are Ron Arnold’s and

    If you want to see how massive the beast is look up The Tides Foundation

  5. James Demoto Reply

    March 29, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I can’t believe you are making stuff up like this. There is no way that Leslie Cheek has given 91% to Dems. He is a super conservative republican. There is no way as a director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters that he would vote to give money to McAuliffe or Northam, or Herring. Next thing you will try to tell us is he personally gave money to the campaign of our sitting Democrat Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam.

    The current leader of the Fauquier republicans is Scott Russell (not to mention he is the head of The American Spectator – a right wing rag) and he is personal friends with Leslie. He endorsed Leslie to run for a position on the Fauquier republican committee and both won.

    How dare you besmirch the reputation of two such fine conservative republicans with these lies.

    • rickbuchanan Reply

      March 29, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Well, James, he actually did. But Cheek only gave Northam $1500.00. That was just a measly 1/3 ($4,500.00) of what he gave Jim Stone (the , ahhhh, “Independent”) when he ran against a Republican for Fauquier BOS. Of course, then again, he gave Webert less than 1/2 ($700.00) that amount. I think they call this a ‘tell’ in poker, but then who is gambling with the fate of our county. Certainly not a fine conservative like Leslie Cheek III.

      • Dan Reply

        March 29, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        So, this is what’s happening to our party. Democrats in Republican clothing. Explains a lot of inexplicable behavior. Sounds like we all better check out VPAP and find out who is trying to fool us.

  6. Dominic Ruibal Reply

    March 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Well duh, Democrats are the only party unified on the topic of environmentalism. A lot of Republicans see conservationism and environmental laws is being in the way of peoples’ “economic freedom” and making it harder for a few people to make a buck, which is clearly more important to them than protecting our waterways and air, which we all have to share. If a group is dedicated to supporting people who fight for the environment and the only ones that want to do that are Democrats don’t blame the group blame the Republicans who refuse to stand up for the common good (yep I said it common. Community! shhhh communism! Not quite so chill out).

    • Ziggy Reply

      March 29, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Even a hundred years after his term ended, he remains one of the most environmentally friendly presidents in history. Despite occupying the White House during years of economic expansion that included heavy mining and logging, he was a firm advocate for protecting the beauty of the American landscape. Under powers granted to his office by the Forest Reserve Act, he created more than 150 national forests, as well as five national parks, 18 national monuments, and many more projects devoted to conserving the land. He was responsible for the preservation of almost 230 million acres of land, almost 10 percent of the entire area of the country. He also created a Bureau of Forestry, now the U.S. Forest Service.

      Who was this great environmental President? None other than Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican.

      Republicans do care about the environment. After all, it was Republican President George H. W. Bush who directed the US Department of Energy to establish the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

      Unfortunately, common sense solutions are often hijacked by zealots and political cronies who try to use environmentalism to create their own empires for control and monetary reward. Republicans believe in individual freedoms with as little government control as necessary. Republicans try to focus on meaningful results instead of feel-good programs that do not produce results. It is not the Republicans who are standing in the way of deploying renewable energy solutions. It is Democrats who stop the programs by declaring the programs will disrupt the habitat of a salamander, cause wild life to circumvent their natural path of travel, or ruin the shed view of other properties.

      • Dominic Ruibal Reply

        March 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        Wow. Democrats are the ones standing in the way of the development of renewables? That would be laughable except there’s nothing funny about outright falsehoods.

        • Ziggy Reply

          March 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

          Terrific. Don’t address the points, just call it false because you don’t agree with it.

          Democrat environmentalists are suing to stop all wind turbine projects because birds are getting killed by flying into the turbines. All future approvals of new wind turbine projects are on hold until a way can be found to stop birds from flying into the turbines.

          Democrat environmentalists are suing to stop the completion of solar projects in the California desert because it might disrupt the desert tortoise, the golden eagle, and other protected wildlife.

          Democrat environmentalists are suing to stop any new water based power plants because they believe they are disrupting the flow of fish and other aquatic life within the river.

          Democrat environmentalists are suing to stop any deployment of wave based power generation because it might disrupt sea creatures.

          Need I go on? I cannot find a single article about any Republican based groups suing to stop solar, wind, or water based renewable energy projects. In fact, most of the articles I see say they are funding those projects by investing in them.

  7. Thomas Cranmer Reply

    March 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Which of these groups offer tax deductions under 501(c)(3) and which are 501(c)(4) groups?

  8. Glorious Winged Eagle Reply

    March 28, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Which political groups does Joe Civitas belong and donate to? As the editor here, it would be interesting. How about it Joe?

    • Dominic Ruibal Reply

      March 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

      The real question is what political groups donate to his operation.

    • jcivitas Reply

      March 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      “Which political groups does Joe Civitas belong and donate to? As the editor here, it would be interesting. How about it Joe?”
      If you can’t figure out I am a Conservative Republican, then you are ignorant.

      I receive no money from anyone for this site, and I donate to worthy candidates and charitable organizations; beyond that it is none of your business.

      Here’s an idea!

      If you have something intelligent to contribute to this site, then why don’t you write an article to make your point and submit it to me at ‘editor@fauquierfreecitizen. com’.

      If you do not want to apply your name to it, then let me know and we will post it anyway as long as it is civil. We will not post a personal attack based on supposition; if you have facts, cite them.

      The mission statement of this site is “Truth Uncompromisingly Told”, and it is a citizen’s website [primarily] for Fauquier County.
      Having said that, the invitation to post has not been taken; people like you prefer to snipe from the sidelines without ever committing to actually stating their beliefs for others to comment on.

      Are you afraid people will not agree with you?

      Be a big Girl and send something in to be posted; I will even let you pick the headline and the section.

      Joe Civitas

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