The 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 (vpap.org) 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.
One 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 within 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.
So 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.