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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Posted by MAXIMUS

Word comes that J-Fred has lawyered up with not one, but two barristers to defend him in the RPV Chairman's ouster vote scheduled for this Saturday's specially convened session of the Republican Party of Virginia's State Central Committee.

When you are the Chairman, why lawyer up for a political vote by a political body over political issues centering on ethics? Something is definitely amiss. Lets think about this and the possible reasons, to wit:

1. Are Federal Contractors allowed to give, donate, or otherwise contribute "in-kind" political services directly to political parties during Federal election cycles?

2. Is the Frederick company "GSX Strategies Inc." a federal contractor?

3. If federal contractors are prohibited from performing "in kind" services to political parties during Federal election cycles and if a federal contractor does so anyway, what law, statute, rule, or regulation has been violated, if any?

4. In the words of Heath Ledger's Joker character in the Dark Knight, "Why so Serious Jeff?"

5. From the Federal Election Commission's website:

"Government Contractors"
Contributions from federal government contractors are prohibited. The prohibition applies to contributions from the personal or business funds of individuals or sole proprietors who have entered into a contract with the federal government. It does not apply, however, to personal contributions by employees, partners, shareholders or officers of businesses with government contracts; nor does it apply to separate segregated funds established by corporations or labor organizations with government contracts.
11 CFR Part 115.

6. From Jeff Frederick's own response to the RPV Bill of Particulars against him, he states this:

"To summarize Charge 1, the Chairman’s company [GSX Strategies, Inc.] donated $17,717.61 in-kind to the RPV. During the period this company was used, RPV netted $19,655.58 from its online donations. The Chairman’s company provided interim services for 91 days, and the Executive Committee and RPV staff had a full accounting of the fundraising." Link here:

7. Why so serious Jeff Frederick? WHY SO SERIOUS?


J.R.Hoeft said...

Probably because this is serious.

Lee Talley said...

In the end its always the coverup that brings you down.

Steve Albertson said...

Guys...relax and take a deep breath. You're hyperventilating again.

The prohibition you cite is for federal activities only. Maximus conveniently forgot to quote the whole context, in particular the part that reads: "This prohibition does not apply
to contributions or expenditures in connection with State or local
elections." 11 CFR 115.2(a). The GSX in-kind contribution was to RPV, and not to RPV's federal account. Indeed, GSX does not show up as a donor on any FEC reports, nor could it, as corporations cannot make federal campaign contributions at all.

With these types of vindictive, sloppy, and pseudo-legal accusations flying around, are you *really* surprised that Frederick might want to bring a lawyer with him?

Lee Talley said...

What if federal monies were received in donation via the in-kind. Also this donation takes place in a federal year so I do believe that has impact also. Lastly this in-kind was only filed on a amended filing this month in March.Sometime in the middle of the month.

Loudoun Insider said...

How much of this valuable in-kind donation (sarcasm alert) was alloacted to state vs. federal activities? A lot of RPV expenses and contributions are alloacted out proportionally.

ccMAXIMUS said...


The FEC "in kind" contribution was originally filed as part of the Federal account, then amended to reflect an "in kind" contribution to the state account. So, which is it? Your move.

Steve Albertson said...


I haven't seen any evidence of that...can you point me to it? The only evidence I have seen is that every single in-kind donation to the federal account over the last 10 years has come from the RNC.

Anonymous said...

WTF - 32K?