By David Hylton
Following an FBI investigation into contributions to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's 2013 campaign, Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey is calling on fellow candidate Levar Stoney not to accept contributions from the governor.
Stoney served as deputy campaign manager for McAuliffe before taking on the role of Secretary of the Commonwealth in November 2013. He resigned from that position in April to focus on running for Richmond's mayor.
"Reputable news organizations including CNN have reported that Governor McAuliffe is under Federal Investigation for receiving $120,000.00 from Chinese Businessman, Wang Wenliang," said Morrissey. "That money and possibly other McAuliffe political contributions are tainted and potentially criminal."
Stoney's press secretary Matt Corridoni called Morrissey's statement a "political potshot" and that Stoney would not be taking ethics suggestions from Morrissey.
"Our focus is on taking Levar's vision to the people of Richmond," said Corridoni.
On Wednesday, an attorney for McAuliffe said the federal investigation into the governor has focused on his business dealings before he took office and that the investigation should be closed "promptly" because there's no evidence McAuliffe violated the law.
Morrissey says he is "fighting for the underdog who can never be bought."
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