FBI Raids GOP Consultants With Ties to Manafort

The FBI has executed a search warrant at an office of the GOP fundraising and consulting firm in Annapolis

The FBI has executed a search warrant at an office of the GOP fundraising and consulting firm in Annapolis

Agents entered Strategic Campaign Group around 8 a.m. on Thursday, much to the surprise of tenants inside. Rogers said the investigation appears to have stemmed from allegations in that lawsuit. According to NBC 4 Washington, the investigation into Strategic Campaign Group is tied to a lawsuit over the 2013 Virginia governor's race.

"This is a political fundraising swamp", he said. This firm is known for its pioneering use of technology in political campaigns for GOP candidates nationwide.

The target of the raid was Strategic Campaign Group Inc.in Annapolis, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday, along with local television stations.

The top section of an "About" page that was removed from the website of Strategic Campaign Group the day after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the firm's Maryland offices. Whether they're throughout town, across the state, or across the entire country, our engaging political strategies inform them of your campaign or organization's goals.

Cuccinelli, a Republican, sued the Strategic Campaign Group and the Conservative Strike Force in 2014, alleging they raised nearly $2.2 million to support his campaign but steered little of that money to him. Less than one-half of one percent of that money, $10,000, actually made it to the Cuccinelli campaign. Such groups have become more prevalent in recent years after a series of court rulings, including the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decisions, reshaped the campaign finance landscape and boosted the prominence of groups not directly associated with a candidate.

Exhibits in the case show emails sent in September, October and November of 2013 to potential donors by StrikeForce and Strategic Campaign Group pleading for money to help Cuccinelli's campaign. "I think we did that successfully", Cuccinelli's statement said.

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