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Democrats paid GOP consultant Boyd Marcus far more than was previously reported

A high-profile Republican strategist who backed Terry McAuliffe in last year’s gubernatorial election was paid $140,000 to consult on the campaign, far more than state disclosure forms had previously revealed.

Forms filed late last month with the Federal Election Commission show that Boyd Marcus was paid $100,000 by DGA Action, a super PAC linked to the Democratic Governors Association, for consulting on the McAuliffe campaign. The bulk of those payments came just after McAuliffe defeated then-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R).

McAuliffe’s own campaign reported paying Marcus $40,000 last fall.

The new governor appointed Marcus to the ABC Board, a coveted job that pays over $100,000 a year. But the consultant has yet to be confirmed by the GOP-led House of Delegates. Republicans have argued that the posting amounts to a political payoff. Marcus also approached the GOP candidate’s campaign, according to an email to Cuccinelli consultant Chris LaCivita, asking for a $75,000 to $100,000 salary.

Marcus had worked earlier in the cycle for then-lieutenant governor Bill Bolling, whom Cuccinelli beat out for the Republican nomination in a convention. Virginia Public Access Project records show that Bolling paid Marcus $108,129 for consulting and list access.

DGA Action gave millions of dollars in direct contributions to the McAuliffe campaign, which is legal under Virginia’s lax campaign finance laws. Super PACs cannot donate directly to federal candidates or campaign committees.

The DGA Action payments were first reported by the Associated Press.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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