Thursday, 09 July, 2020

FBI Raids Offices Of Republican Consulting Firm

FBI agents tape trash bags on the door of Strategic Consulting Group Credit David Collins WBAL-TV 11 FBI agents tape trash bags on the door of Strategic Consulting Group
Kelley Robertson | 13 May, 2017, 10:06

The FBI raided the offices of a Republican campaign consulting group in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday, reports the Baltimore Sun. Cuccinelli's lawsuit dubbed the group a "malicious 'Scam Pac'".

Former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia, who lost the state's 2013 race for governor, accused the firm in his lawsuit of "egregious abuse of the political process".

Strategic Campaign Group offers political organizational fundraising, virtual telephone town halls, direct mail marketing, advertising, polling, voter contact telephone programs, and political campaign consulting, according to its website. This firm is known for its pioneering use of technology in political campaigns for GOP candidates nationwide.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed to the Washington Post that agents were "conducting law enforcement activity in Annapolis, off Main Street", where the Strategic Campaign Group's headquarter offices are located.

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The firm's vice president is former congressional aide Chip O'Neil, according to the group's website. It outlines Strategic Campaign Group's fraught legal past.

GOP strategists Kelley Rogers, who founded the firm told local newspaper Capital Gazette that six Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had raided the office to gather computer files and documents related to the firm's direct mail and fundraising practices.

Sen. J.B. Jennings, the Senate minority leader, said the firm had done work for the Senate Republican caucus. Cuccinelli said the Conservative StrikeForce PAC raised $2.2 million in 2013, largely by promising donors the money would help Cuccinelli in his ultimately unsuccessful Virginia campaign against McAuliffe. Less than one-half of one percent of that money, $10,000, actually made it to the Cuccinelli campaign. The company settled with Cuccinelli in 2015, agreeing to pay his gubernatorial campaign $85,000. "Any cleaning up of these practices would be good for our political system".

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