“He said he wanted me to learn how to raise big campaign bucks,” Mateer said.
Delgaudio’s nonprofit group, Public Advocate, paid the enrollment fees for the courses, according to the e-mails and interviews. Public Advocate, for which Delgaudio raises more than $1 million annually, also provided the spreadsheet of Republican donors from across Northern Virginia, according to the e-mails.
Mateer began the job of calling the names on the list, which included notes in the margins, such as “top fundraiser for delgaudio,” or “will not donate to delgaudio” or “waste of time . . . is a democrat.”
Mateer said Delgaudio — who is regularly among the county’s top political fundraisers, collecting more than $100,000 per election cycle — was emphatic that the meetings not be recorded outside the Google campaign calendar.
Mateer also said Delgaudio told her not to talk to either of her co-workers about the project. But when the two other women asked what she had been working on, she showed them the spreadsheets, which were obtained by The Post.
Concerned, one of the aides questioned Delgaudio in January about Mateer’s project. According to that aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, Delgaudio told her that she was to have nothing to do with it. The aide resigned within days.
The other aide was also alarmed by the fundraising calls. She said that there had been times in the past when she had to “steer [Delgaudio] back” when his behavior crossed a line toward conducting campaign work on county time — including one instance when he asked his aides to assemble campaign mailers during work hours.
He was generally receptive to her reminders, she said. But when Delgaudio instructed her and Mateer to develop new fundraising lists from existing groups of established political donors — promising in e-mails obtained by The Post that they would “receive a cash bonus” if they did so — the aide said that was a final straw, and she also resigned.
“He is flagrantly violating policy, and I can’t work for a man like that,” she said.
After the senior aides resigned, Mateer said that Hannah Scoggins, Delgaudio’s office manager at Public Advocate, became her de facto supervisor.
“I was to go through [Scoggins] for everything,” Mateer said. “[Delgaudio] put the Public Advocate office in charge of a public office.”
Scoggins declined to comment about the interaction between Public Advocate and Delgaudio’s county office.
In March, less than a year after Mateer had been hired, she was fired. When Delgaudio called Mateer into his office to let her go, he told her the problem was that she was “not political,” she said.