The PJ Tatler

Two Acts of Fraud May Hand McAuliffe the Keys to Virginia

Let’s just lay this out straight: The Democrats may be about to steal the governorship in Virginia.

The polls have tightened over the past week, but Democrat Terry McAuliffe has consistently led Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

The Democrats closed the campaign with a vicious dirty trick — a robo-call that brazenly lies about Cuccinelli’s positions on Obamacare and abortion.

Get this — the Democrats smeared Cuccinelli by robo-calling that he supports Obamacare. He was the first state attorney general to sue to stop Obamacare. The Democrats are using McAuliffe’s position on Obamacare — he loves it — to smear his opponent. The Democratic Party of Virginia paid for the calls, which were designed to depress support for Cuccinelli by brazenly lying about his positions.

That’s some chutzpah.

Now it turns out that the Libertarian candidate, who holds very few actual libertarian positions, is bankrolled by an Obama bundler according to the Blaze.

Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama. This revelation comes as Virginia voters head to the polls Tuesday in an election where some observers say the third-party gubernatorial candidate could be a spoiler for Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

In March 2012, ABC News reported Liemandt was among three dozen of the Obama campaign’s largest bundlers invited to a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron. ABC News reported the invited bundlers, who also included Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, were responsible for at least $10.7 million of the $250 million the campaign had collected to that point.

Liemandt and his wife Andra have also beencontributors to the Libertarian National Committee, but their largess has been mostly focused on the Democratic Party.

Sarvis has never had any chance of winning, but he has held steady in the polls at 5 to 9 percent of the vote. Most of his support is coming from libertarian-minded voters who would otherwise either vote for Cuccinelli or not vote at all.

Here’s a dirty little secret for you libertarian readers to ponder: Libertarian Party candidates in close elections are almost always supported by Democrats, to siphon votes away from Republicans. That’s been the case for decades now.

Take these two punches in Virginia together, and if Terry McAuliffe wins it will be a badly tainted victory built on two acts of political fraud.