September 8, 2017 News

Times-Dispatch Profiles Dark Money Law Firm of LG Candidate Jill Vogel


by Prateek Mishra

KEY POINTS: 

  • Though the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor Jill Vogel describes herself as an “ethics attorney,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch has reported, “What her law firm specializes in, however, includes helping dark money nonprofits establish themselves and spend money in politics from anonymous donors.” 
  • Vogel’s firm has served the super-PAC American Crossroads, which Ed Gillespie “helped GOP strategist Karl Rove conceive of in 2010.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Law firm of Jill Vogel, candidate for lieutenant governor, specializes in dark money

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has published an extensive piece profiling the dark money law firm headed by Jill Vogel, the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

Though Vogel describes herself as an “ethics attorney,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, “What her law firm specializes in, however, includes helping dark money nonprofits establish themselves and spend money in politics from anonymous donors.”

According to the Times-Dispatch, the firm has served “the super PAC American Crossroads, which Ed Gillespie, the GOP nominee for governor, helped GOP strategist Karl Rove conceive of in 2010.”

In the piece, we learn that Vogel’s firm represented Protect America’s Consumers, a seemingly benevolent sounding group that is launching a dark money assault on Richard Cordray, the director for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who is a potential candidate for Ohio governor.

The Times Dispatch noted that, in an interview this spring, Vogel said, “The bottom line is, somebody hires my firm to make absolutely sure that they do not get in trouble.”

"Jill Vogel describes herself as an ethics attorney, but her firm has advocated against ethics laws so that her clients can continue to hide behind the cloak of non-disclosure," said DPVA spokeswoman Katie Baker. "Advising clients how to legally move millions in dark money to influence elections is inherently adverse to the spirit of transparency."

To read the article, visit the Richmond Times-Dispatch website by clicking here.

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