The Democratic Party of Virginia sent out a press release today claiming that Republican Scott Taylor (VA-02) continued to pay the staffers that collected signatures for the Independent candidate. The Independent candidate was the 2016 Democratic candidate, meaning the voters she would take away would be from the 2018 Democratic candidate Elaine Luria.
Taylor fired the staffers when the scandal was revealed, but the DPVA said he continued to pay some of them. Check out the press release below.
Two individuals who plead 5th Amendment in Forgery Scandal were paid by Taylor in October
Richmond, VA — Rep. Scott Taylor continues to break his promise to voters about his handling of the petition forgery scandal rattling his campaign. In documents filed with the FEC last week, Taylor revealed that he continued to pay two staffers implicated in forgery weeks longer than others, and that two of them were paid as recently as early October.
This comes after Taylor insisted during and after Tuesday’s Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce debate with Elaine Luria, without offering details, that he had rid his campaign of staffers who a judge had implicated in “out and out fraud.” And when asked after the debate on specifics of who was terminated and when, Taylor hid behind Special Prosecutor Donald Caldwell’s ongoing criminal investigation into the conduct of him and his staff.
In August, Taylor promised in a since-deleted Facebook Live broadcast that he would immediately fire any staffers implicated in wrongdoing. He had already broken that promise, paying all five alleged forgers through the middle of September. However, Taylor’s latest filing shows that he paid Roberta Marciano and Validius LLC, a firm associated with Daniel Bohner, on October 1st, suggesting they were on payroll for weeks after the others implicated in fraud. Both of them signed affidavits indicating they would plead the Fifth if asked to testify to avoid self-incrimination, and both were named by the judge as having participated in fraud.
Despite Representative Scott Taylor’s repeated claims that he had fired everyone on his staff involved in petition-gate, Taylor’s October FEC report shows once again that forgers were still being compensated.
According to the FEC Pre-General Report that covers 10/1-10/17, Rep. Taylor reports that his Ending Cash on Hand was $290,709.69 and while no disbursements had been listed for lawyer fees or legal services, there was one disbursement to a Taylor staffer who submitted signatures in order to get a spoiler candidate on the ballot in June. Roberta Marciano was paid $1,207.25 on 10/1.
“Scott Taylor lost his credibility quite a while ago, but that does not mean we should not hold him accountable for his broken promises,” said DPVA Communications Director Jake Rubenstein. “On August 6th, Taylor told VA-02 voters he would fire any employee who acted inappropriately. He has repeated that claim over and over again. Almost three months later, Congressman Taylor continued to employ at least two known forgers and now won’t answer whether they are still part of his campaign. He must be held accountable for not following through on promises he makes to his constituents.”
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