The Washington Post’s Laura Vozzella is reporting that the FBI has approached Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and informed him that someone wrote 70 unauthorized checks totaling $600,000 from his campaign account for over a year between June 2013 and September 2014.[read_more]
Sen. Saslaw has indicated that from now on he will pay much closer attention to his books and will personally scrutinize every monthly statement.
A review of one of Sen. Saslaw’s amended campaign finance reports reveals the purported recipients of these funds appear to have been two groups with the same address, The Staylle Group and the Federal Legislative Association.
A Google search returns no result for “The Staylle Group” and similar iterations of the name. The address listed for the recipients of the checks is that of David and Lynn Miller in Fairfax. Lynn Miller is, or was, the Braddock District Democratic Co-Chair and is listed on Saslaw’s campaign finance reports as the person authorizing the expenditures mailed to her home address, though the facts do not yet support a conclusion she had responsibility for any embezzlement.
According to Saslaw, no arrests have been made but the FBI “has a suspect and is close to bringing charges.”