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This Monday Feb. 29, 2016 file photo shows Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, waves to the crowd along with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe gave $467K to an FBI official's wife's political campaign


A political organization run by Gov. Terry McAuliffe donated $467,500 (plus about $208,000 in mailer support) to the Virginia Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe in 2015.

McAuliffe is a vocal Hillary Clinton ally. McCabe is the wife of Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI, The Wall Street Journal reports.

That's more than one-third of Jill McCabe's campaign funds overall. She still lost to incumbent Republican Dick Black.

Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children.
Dr. Jill McCabe

The FBI said in a statement that Andrew McCabe "played no role" in the campaign and was not involved in investigating Clinton's private server emails until his promotion to deputy director, months after his wife's campaign had ended.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington after a meeting with the Virginia Congressional delegation, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. McAuliffe says he's confident he followed the law in accepting donations that now appear to be part of a criminal investigation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McAuliffe has been a stalwart Clinton supporter since the 1990s, the Journal reports. He's currently under investigation by the FBI over donations made by Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang, who has his own ties to the Clinton Foundation.

Some social media observers decried the media's reaction to the case.

But Clinton critics jumped on it.

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