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  • In annuity deal tied to McAuliffe, 2 investors knew they bet on specific, dying people

    10/27/2013 8:14:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10-27-13 | Laura Vozzella
    A dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wanted to become ambassador to the Vatican. All three came together on paper in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year-old mechanic died of cancer. The mechanic got $5,000. The millionaire, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, made at least $47,000. But the estate planning lawyer, Joseph Caramadre, went to prison instead of Rome. Caramadre helped McAuliffe place a bet...
  • Annuity scheme linked to McAuliffe detailed

    10/27/2013 7:48:27 AM PDT · by Portcall24 · 8 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 27 Oct 13 | LAURA VOZZELLA
    McAuliffe’s connection to Caramadre came to light about two weeks ago, as his race entered the homestretch against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. According to court records made public then, McAuliffe’s investment paired him directly with the ailing mechanic, with forms identifying them as acquaintances. McAuliffe’s campaign said the candidate did not know the mechanic and doesn’t know why they were listed as acquaintances. But the episode still opened a wider window into how McAuliffe came to invest with Caramadre in 2006 — and provides yet another example of how the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee has...
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Slight Sense of Entitlement

    07/07/2013 5:32:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | June 24, 2013 | Michael R Shannon
    We’ve all seen photos of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Particularly last year when he was being mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick on the Romney ticket. He would be beaming, with a large, toothy smile, looking well groomed and squeaky clean. And no wonder, this wholesome image was the product of a group effort, since the governor relies on Virginia taxpayers to keep him smelling fresh. According to Laura Vozzella in the Washington Post, the McDonnell family has used its government–supplied credit card much like the GSA uses its card. Billing the taxpayers for “body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins...