WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- John Donald Cody, a UVA and Harvard Law graduate, was a prolific con-man who spent a decade pretending to raise money for a charity for Navy veterans.
He bilked donors out of $100,000,000 and instead of helping vets, he gave it to political campaigns, getting access to GOP big wigs.
They knew him by one his aliases, Bobby Thompson. The con man's largest campaign contribution to a Virginia politician went to Ken Cuccinelli who received $55,500 for his 2009 Attorney General campaign.
When an investigation began into what turned out to be a fake charity, elected officials, including Gov. Bob McDonnell, gave their "Bobby Thompson" money to real charities.
Cuccinelli resisted for four months and then finally donated the money to charity.
"We're beginning to see a pattern here," said Vietnam veteran and democratic Delegate Bob Brink. He is drawing a connection between Cuccinelli's refusal to give up the Bobby Thompson money and his refusal to pay back the cost of $18,000 in gifts from star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
"The Attorney General is the highest law enforcement official in the Commonwealth and he has a role to play as someone who upholds the integrity of the process. And he can fulfill that role and he can do what he should do by returning the money," said Brink.
When asked for a response from Cuccinelli, his press secretary sent this statement:
"It's the height of hypocrisy for the man who rented the Lincoln Bedroom and Air Force One, used his political connections to make millions while others lost their jobs, and whose company is now under two federal investigations to even breathe the word ethics. Terry McAuliffe's attacks are beyond absurd. The fact is Richmond's Commonwealth Attorney - a Democrat - found that Mr. Cuccinelli did nothing wrong and fully cleared him, and the Attorney General initiated a state investigation into gifts to the Governor in November 2012." - Anna Nix
Terry McAuliffe, the democratic candidate is also facing serious questions concerning the electric car company he founded called GreenTech. The Washington Post broke the news that that both the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security and the Securities Exchange Commission are investigating GreenTech.
The SEC is looking into GreenTech's use of the EB-5 visas program and the company's conduct soliciting foreign investors. The EB-5 visa program grants visas to wealthy foreign investors who invest $500,000 or more in an American enterprise.
Homeland security is looking into who received the visas and why.
One of the investors who obtained a visa was reportedly a Chinese national who invested in Gulf Coast Funds Management which provides funds to GreenTech. The Chinese investor was apparently with a firm that testified before Congress about espionage. Critics of McAuliffe accuse him of running a 'visa for sale' scheme.
The SEC investigation is focused on alleged claims that the company guarantees returns to investors. McAuliffe quietly resigned from the company last year, but his actions may be under scrutiny.
According to the Washington Times, Greentech has claimed on its website for months that its MyCar electric vehicle had been approved by the Defense Department "for U-S military installations worldwide", but government officials say they have no record of such an approval.