Republicans Accuse Briskman of Campaign Finance Violations

The Loudoun County Republican Committee has accused Algonkian District Board of Supervisors candidate Juli Briskman of a variety of campaign finance and disclosure violations, and called for an investigation.

Briskman first gained a measure of fame when she was photographed giving President Donald J. Trump’s motorcade the middle finger as she biked by. Trump National Golf Course is in Loudoun, and his motorcade is a frequent sight in Loudoun during the president’s golf outings.

After the photo was published, Briskman was fired from her job at a federal contractor. A supporter set up a GoFundMe, “Thank You Juli Briskman,” which accepted donations to help support Briskman while she found another job. Based on statements on the GoFundMe page and matching contributions recorded on that page and in her campaign’s financial disclosure forms, the Republican committee concluded donations on GoFundMe—which does not accept political campaigns—were funneled to her campaign. Some contributions listed in her campaign finance disclosures from that time period match the names and amounts of donors to the GoFundMe page.

That, Republican wrote in a letter signed by Loudoun County Republican Committee Chairwoman Sharon Sadler, means Briskman may have violated GoFundMe policies, as well as election law. Her campaign began before the GoFundMe page closed for donations, and Republicans argue she would have violated campaign law by using her own bank account to receive that money before moving it to her campaign, and by not reporting donations from before she began her campaign on her Statement of Economic Interest.

They also argue that by using an old version of the Statement of Economic Interest required with declaring one’s candidacy, Briskman did not adequately complete her paperwork to be on the ballot, quoting the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council, website, which reads “a filing using the previous version of the forms is not valid and does not satisfy your filing requirement.”

 Although the Virginia elections officials appear to have accepted Briskman’s filings and put her on the ballot, Sadler’s letter calls for Briskman’s name to be taken off the ballot for not qualifying if their allegations are borne out. That would leave the Republican incumbent, Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian), unopposed. Republicans called for an investigation and prosecution.

Briskman and her campaign declined to comment. Campaign Manager Mike Mullins said the campaign would be answering emailed questions in a statement later.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

10 thoughts on “Republicans Accuse Briskman of Campaign Finance Violations

  • 2019-08-22 at 4:58 pm
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    I sincerely hope that Loudoun Now will stay on top of this story and keep voters appraised. This coarse, vulgar woman, with a sketchy employment history, is a problematic candidate and a poor role model for my granddaughter.

  • 2019-08-22 at 5:01 pm
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    Scamming the system for personal benefit, shame, shame and shame!

  • 2019-08-22 at 5:21 pm
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    Hmmmm, this is pretty good digging to ensure Volpe is unopposed when she is vulnerable. I doubt that this is going to be successful as there is no apparent attempt to decieve. Good luck finding a judge to overturn her name on the ballot.

    Wonder if I get blocked from Volpe’s social media accounts as I did from Whitbeck’s.

  • 2019-08-22 at 9:50 pm
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    Pretty good digging by the Republicans. They are obviously desperate and know Volpe doesn’t have a chance to win otherwise.

  • 2019-08-23 at 5:17 am
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    They will answer questions later? That is some kind of a dodge and they will call it transparency.
    I call for the last 10 years of Briskman’s tax returns so we can review the returns in their search for potential conflicts of interest or corruption.
    Before this issue Volpe was going to get 60% of the vote now it will be closer to 70%.

  • 2019-08-23 at 6:47 am
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    When asked for a comment Briskman flipped them off!

  • 2019-08-23 at 8:23 am
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    Supervisor Volpe is one of the smartest, most savvy, elected officials on the board (the other being Supervisor Umstadd). Her skill in navigating public policy demonstrates a true passion for serving her district. I may not agree with her every vote, but it’s not about me; it’s about her constituents. We all should be so lucky.

    Finger Lady’s only qualification, in the minds of the fringe left, is flipping off a presidential motorcade. Very classy. The very thing I want my kids to learn in dealing with people they don’t like. Pull that stunt in a Loudoun public school setting, and see what happens. This is what democrats hold up to our kids as “okay.”

    Finger Lady likely has zero grasp of the vast amount of time and effort being an effective Supervisor entails. If Finger Lady is this sloppy and shady with campaign funds already, I’d suspect her to quickly tire of the demands of being an effective supervisor, and devolve into a rubber stamp for her party at the expense of The People of the Algonkianin district.

  • 2019-08-23 at 2:41 pm
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    With Webb Pierce tuning up in the background we don’t need no fat lady to sing She’s In the Jailhouse now!

  • 2019-08-23 at 4:21 pm
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    One day is all this article got as a headline, hurry up and bury it Loudoun Now!

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