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.