Richard Ireland Backed Chesco Purge Attempt — Rob McCord was Pennsylvania’s treasurer when his political career ignominiously ended Jan. 30, 2015 upon pleading guilty to federal extortion charges. He is a Democrat.
Chester County businessman Richard W. Ireland is implicated as his money man. Ireland, 79, was charged in July with federal bribery charges. Ireland is a Republican.
The feds say Ireland used straw charities to shovel more than a half-million dollars to McCord starting in 2009 when McCord ran for state treasurer. This money includes contributions for McCord’s failed gubernatorial bid in 2014. In return, the feds say, McCord invested state funds with Ireland’s clients for which Ireland got a finders fee. These finders fees ultimately netted Ireland $10 million say the feds.
Wouldn’t it have been better if the $10 million stayed with the state?
Ireland is the founder of Valley Forge Asset Management Corp. and remains closely associated with it.
Ireland is also a major donor to Republicans but doesn’t use straw men to spread that loot.
Of course, the Republicans have to be the right type of Republicans.
In 2014, according to the state’s CampaignFinanceOnline, Ireland kicked in $2,500 to the United Republicans of Chester County while his son Jonathan threw in $5,0o0 to Pa Future Fund. These were the groups that funded the attempt to purge from the party those more interested in serving the community than playing ball.
Corruption is the scourge that afflicts this nation’s citizens and makes us poorer. It’s why public projects cost 20 percent more than they should. It’s why there are retired public employees with $477,591 public pensions.
A Democrat-affiliated website has created a flow chart showing how the money is funneled from Ireland et al to hack Republican Congressman Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania’s 6th District. The money is obviously not “free”.
Our suggestion for Tuesday has been “just vote R“. Maybe those in the 6th District should make an exception. A black eye for Chesco GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio might keep him from being the next state party chairman.
In Delco, though we are voting straight R. We want Trump, we want Toomey and we want Alex Charlton. John Rafferty is running in the attorney general race against Josh Shaprio who is Val’s buddy which makes that an easy call.
And we can tolerate Pat Meehan at least for another couple of years.
Richard Ireland Backed Chesco Purge Attempt