West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue (D) released a statement Thursday in response to reports of an FBI investigation in which investigators have been asking his employees about their campaign contributions to him.
The Charleston Gazette reported this week that some of those employees gave the maximum $1,000 donation despite making $35,000 or less per year. Geroge Manahan, his campaign manager during this spring's special primary for governor, argued those salaries don't factor in other income from spouses or other sources.
This development follows the raid on Charleston developer Doug Pauley's housing development business. Pauley released a letter from the U.S. Attorney saying he won't face charges if he cooperates with investigators. However, no one has confirmed on the record what the investigation is.
As we've reported, there was a controversial land deal in Mason County involving property Perdue sold to Pauley. The developer put a property using federal tax credits despite Mason County commissioners saying they opposed the project. At the time, local approval was needed to get the tax credits. However, a board Perdue sits on later voted to change the rules. Perdue says he did not take part in that vote.
In his news release, Perdue says he's instructed employees to cooperate with investigators. He says he believes investigators will find he's complied with the law.