In March we had two waves of anonymous attacks on Scott Lingamfelter followed by some anonymous attacks on Snyder which Jim Riley rather convincingly tied to Stewart. The beginning of this month two sets of mailers went out under the name of a defunct group named Virginians for Limited Government, attacking many of the candidates and promoting Stewart. In this situation it was obvious who the mailers were from, and the anonymous attacks continued. Breitbart ran an article highlighting the highly questionable legality of the Virginians for Limited Government attack pieces.
Now, this is something important to remember, the only people with original access to the addresses, phone numbers, and emails of convention delegates are the campaigns. So any third party groups contacting convention delegates got their list from a campaign.
Over the weekend, Stewart’s newest line of attack was revealed. He sees E.W. Jackson as a threat, and has been trying to get people to attack E.W. based on his past bankruptcies.
On Saturday morning I was contacted by a reporter about a document of opposition research he had received about E.W. Jackson’s financial history. From the email and the properties document on the file, it was clear that this document was created Friday morning, May 10, and forwarded to the reporter. When I talked to the reporter, I immediately asked if he got the research from Corey, he admitted that he did when I pressed him.
That afternoon, I received an anonymous email from a firstname.lastname@example.org which released another document of information about tax information on Jackson. Besides the content, the email also caught my eye because, while it is a different address, it has the same moniker as the vile anti-Stimpson email sent out at the beginning of the month.
As I started researching the Stewart campaigns effort to discredit Jackson based on his financial history, I discovered something even more disturbing. Multiple sources confirmed to me that over the weekend Corey Stewart personally contacted third party groups offering to pay the $12,000.00 if they would send out a $10,000.00 mailer to the convention delegates attacking E.W. for his financial history. While I am told, that Stewart was turned down by some, I am also told he eventually found someone who agreed. If you find an anonymous mailer in your mailbox right before the convention, or even after the convention, if the mailer gets stuck in the mail, you will know who it is from.
While I both trust my sources, and generally hate anonymous blog commenters, I find it interesting that while I was working on verifying sources for this article, an anonymous commenter named, TheGipper, started posting essentially the same story on multiple blogs.
I won’t attempt to be a state campaign law expert, but it sure seems like what Corey has been doing with the anonymous videos/calls, the VLG mailer, and the Jackson attack line is skirting the law. Virginia’s campaign finance system is built on unlimited money but absolute transparency in disclosing expenditures and donors. When organizations and campaigns are working hard to conceal donors and expenditures, it sure seems like they are undermining the purpose and premise of the state’s campaign finance system.