“A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe had once owned shares of Carlyle stock,” the correction read. “McAuliffe maintains a minimal investment in a Carlyle Group private equity fund. This article has been corrected.”
McAuliffe, while visiting a mobile home park on July 8, attacked Carlyle, where Youngkin worked for 25 years and eventually served as co-CEO. “Far too often, mobile home owners are victims of predatory schemes by private equity giants like Youngkin’s Carlyle Group,” McAuliffe posted on social media:
McAuliffe, that same day, took a second shot at Youngkin, writing, “We’ve got to protect communities like these from the predatory practices of private equity groups like Youngkin’s Carlyle”:
McAuliffe himself invested a minimum of $690,000 in Carlyle between 2007 and 2016, the Associated Press detailed, adding that his actual investment amount was “likely much higher” because financial disclosure requirements typically only ask for a wide range of an amount and do not always cap the range.
The Virginia Democrat did not immediately respond to Breitbart News for comment, but his spokesperson said in a statement to the Associated Press that McAuliffe is a “passive investor with no role in crafting the deals” at Carlyle.
Youngkin’s campaign was quick to take note of the
Post’s Carlyle investment update and lambasted McAuliffe for duplicitous rhetoric.
“Terry McAuliffe is a dishonest, stale politician who talks out of both sides of his mouth,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter said in a statement. “McAuliffe’s bogus attacks ring hollow because he is still an investor in The Carlyle Group and has invested millions of dollars in private equity companies. All McAuliffe can do is talk because he had a chance to do these things as governor, and he failed.”
Youngkin, who markets himself as a political outsider estimated by the
Post to have upwards of a $400 million net worth, disclosed owning between $15 million and $40 million in investments on his financial statement, a range that more than doubles that of McAuliffe’s investment range.
McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally and former Democratic National Committee chair, is nevertheless having no issues raking in millions in campaign fundraising, reporting raising through May 27, 2021, about $7 million to Youngkin’s $15 million, with $12 million of Youngkin’s funds coming from a self-provided loan.
McAuliffe also made headlines this past weekend after operatives caught up with the Virginia Democrat in the airport returning home from a weekend on Nantucket island, according to a video from the conservative research group Virginia Rising:
The operatives confronted McAuliffe about welcoming an endorsement from current Gov. Ralph Northam (D) after calling on Northam to resign in 2019 over his blackface scandal, but McAuliffe did not respond to their question.