Obama Bundler Funding VA State Dems, Libertarian Gov. Candidate

Robert Sarvis received crucial donations from donor to Democratic Party of Virginia


A donor to the Democratic Party of Virginia and bundler for Barack Obama funded a political action committee that provided Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis with a crucial campaign contribution that helped get him on the ballot.

Campaign records show that Sarvis’ largest contributor is Libertarian Booster PAC which provided $11,454 to the campaign to assist with signature collection and campaign materials. Billionaire Joe Liemandt provided Libertarian Booster PAC with $150,000 this year, making him their biggest donor.

Liemandt and his wife also contributed $4,090 to the Democratic Party of Virginia in 2012. They have contributed at least $175,200 to the Democratic National Committee since 2010, according to CQ Moneyline.

The Blaze reports that the Liemandt family is also very close with Obama and was invited to an exclusive state dinner last year, attended by his largest donors.

In March 2012, ABC News reported Liemandt was among three dozen of the Obama campaign’s largest bundlers invited to a state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron. ABC News reported the invited bundlers, who also included Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, were responsible for at least $10.7 million of the $250 million the campaign had collected to that point.

Sarvis has been a force in the race since establishing himself as its third candidate, with recent polls showing him receiving up to 13 percent of the state’s vote.

Sarvis poses a major problem for Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli strategists are pleading with voters that “casting a ballot for Robert Sarvis is casting a ballot for Terry McAuliffe.”

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Brent Scher is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied foreign affairs and politics.