Monday, 25 September, 2017

FBI Raids Annapolis Fundraising Firm

An evidence collection bag at the scene Credit David Collins WBAL-TV 11 An evidence collection bag at the scene
Craig Ferguson | 13 May, 2017, 09:31

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the agency conducted "law enforcement activity" along Main Street in Annapolis but would not be more specific.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at a GOP consulting firm in Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday afternoon, setting off alarms for liberals and conservatives online who were convinced it was related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at the company's Annapolis, Maryland offices around 8:30 Thursday morning and immediately taped garbage bags over windows to prevent onlookers from seeing inside, according to CBS News.

The target of the raid was Strategic Campaign Group Inc.in Annapolis, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday, along with local television stations. The Washington FBI office said the investigation, including the raid, is being done with "fierce coordination".

The firm's vice president is former congressional aide Chip O'Neil, according to the group's website.

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Rogers told reporters that his firm settled a lawsuit brought by the Cuccinelli campaign after he lost the governor's race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

"Our suspicion is that this is just a carry-over from that", Rogers said. The publication details how Strategic Campaign Group made calls on behalf of and controlled the Conservative Strike Force PAC, which Cuccinelli accused of pulling wool over his followers" eyes via a "malicious "Scam PAC' operation".

Exhibits in the case show emails sent in September, October and November of 2013 to potential donors by StrikeForce and Strategic Campaign Group pleading for money to help Cuccinelli's campaign.

Agents entered Strategic Campaign Group around 8 a.m. on Thursday, much to the surprise of tenants inside. "I think we did that successfully", Cuccinelli's statement said.

Agents who executed the warrant seized files from the office, which is both a consulting and fundraising organization for some Republican candidates.

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