September 19, 2013
An environmental group aiding Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia gubernatorial bid is airing an ad critical of Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli. But in one of the race’s bigger ‘egg on the face’ moments, the commercial shows an FBI raid into a business owned by one of McAuliffe’s friends. . . .
It’s actually footage of a FBI raid of Vitreo-Retinal Consultants Eye Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., according to the nonpartisan FactCheck.org. The company’s logo can be seen in the background.
It gets more interesting.
Vitreo-Retinal Consultants (now called Melgen Retina Eye Center) is owned by Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Democratic donor. What FactCheck.org doesn’t note is that he also is a friend of McAuliffe. The two have played golf together, and Melgen donated $10,000 to McAuliffe’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign.
Melgen was also a big donor to Sen. Robert Menendez.