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Corey Stewart Campaign Mailings Scandal Grows

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The adverse publicity couldn’t come at a worse time for Republican Lt. Governor Candidate Corey Stewart. With the Republican Convention taking place this weekend and Stewart, one of 7 candidates for Lt. Governor jockeying for position, Breitbart’s news organization has done an investigative report on the negative mailers being sent to most, if not all,  of the 13,000 Convention Delegates.

A shadowy group calling themselves Virginians for Limited Government claims to be behind these mailers that are targeting Stewart’s opponents with questionable statements and, what the targeted campaigns are claiming, is false information.

Election Laws are quite clear in the requirement to disclose specific information and file specific forms in order to advocate for a candidate.

To date, Corey Stewart has yet to either defend or condemn these mailers leaving Delegates to wonder and speculate if Stewart is behind these ads, or is connected to the ads.

Either way this a a new low for politicians in Virginia.

According to Breitbart:

Breitbart News has learned that a mysterious group called Virginians for Limited Government (VLG) recently sent out $11,851 of direct mail pieces favoring the candidacy of Corey Stewart and opposing the candidacies of Scott Lingamfelter, Steve Martin, and Jeanmarie Davis in the race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor in an apparent violation of Virginia election law.

The state’s election laws and policies require that “[a]ny person, association, organization or group of individuals that anticipates receiving contributions and/or spending funds in excess of $200 in order to influence the outcome of any non-federal election in Virginia must register as a political committee with [the Virginia State Board of Elections].”  The law also requires that independent expenditure reports from political action committees registered with the Virginia SBE are “due within 24 hours of the time when the funds were expended or dissemination of the expenditure (whichever is first).”

A Virginia resident who operates the Virginia Conservative website reported that the pro-Stewart mailer paid for by VLG arrived in his mailbox on Monday, May 6. The mailers appear to have been sent to the entire list of the 13,000 delegates who will be attending the Republican nominating convention in Richmond on May 18 for the purpose of selecting the party’s nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.

Breitbart News searched the Virginia State Board of Elections [SBE] public reports website on Friday and found no listing for a registered political action committee using the name Virginians for Limited Government. Breitbart News then confirmed with a spokesperson for the Virginia SBE that as of 3 pm on Friday, May 10 VLG had not filed the required Statement of Organization with the Virginia SBE.

As a Delegate to the convention, I have already decided Corey Steward is not the kind of person we want as our next Lt. Governor. Stewart’s failure to either come clean on these mailers or denounce them is further proof that Stewart should not be considered a serious candidate.

It remains to be seen what laws, if any, have been broken. But this will have to be investigated and the last thing Republicans need is an investigation into the shadowy political campaign group during the general election.

If Stewart is the Lt. Governor candidate, this will give the Democrats all the issues they need to turn the Senate over to them.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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