Terry McAuliffe has received two donations of 60k each from a company named Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) with close ties to war criminal, Charles Taylor. LISCR was given a contract from Taylor that essentially made them the head of all shipping in and out of Liberia.
Though it is based in Virginia, LISCR controlled all freight in Liberia and is also connected to the Taylor plan to arm rebels is Sierra Leone, despite international sanctions. The rebels, with weapons from Liberia committed atrocities in Sierra Leone that included planning of murder, rape, sexual slavery and enforced amputations. Taylor was conviced of those crimes in The Hague in 2006 ansd will spend the rest of his life in a British jail.
LISCR denies any involvement in the plot despite the fact that they ran all the shipping and would have had to had a hand in transportation of the weapons. There was no proof and they were never indicted. The conflict in Sierra Leone left over 50,000 dead.
Prior to the 120k to McAuliffe, LISCR had not made a political contribution since 2002. According to the Talking Points Memo:
LISCR gave McAuliffe two separate $60,000 donations, one in December of last year and another in January. Virginia has no state limits on campaign contributions. Prior to contributing to McAuliffe, LISCR’s last political donation was a $5,000 contribution to former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), made in May 2002. Cohen, the company’s chairman, also made multiple political donations of less than $5,000 from 1998 until 2010, including a $1,000 contribution to former Sen. George Allen (R-VA).
McAuliffe refuses to answer questions on the contributions and refuses to return them.