August 22, 2019

Loudoun County, Virginia - The Loudoun County Republican Committee has requested investigations into whether Democrat Juli Briskman did not qualify for the ballot, violated the Commonwealth's ethics and campaign finance laws, and disregarded the terms of use of the GoFundMe platform.

Juli Briskman, best known as "the cyclist who flipped off President Donald Trump's motorcade", threw her hat into the political ring last year by standing for election to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Algonkian District.

However, the Loudoun County Republican Committee has recently uncovered information suggesting that she may have failed to actually qualify for the ballot, and moreover, may have violated the Commonwealth's campaign finance and ethics laws:

  • Juli Briskman apparently filed the wrong version of the Statement of Economic Interest (which, according to the Virginia Conflict of Interests and Ethics Advisory Council, "does not satisfy" the filing requirement)

  • Juli Briskman, after becoming a candidate for office, apparently accepted unreported gifts via a personal GoFundMe page

  • Juli Briskman may have converted donations to her personal GoFundMe page into campaign contributions

  • Juli Briskman may have accepted anonymous campaign contributions, and may have deposited campaign contributions into her personal bank account

Loudoun County Republican Committee Chairman Sharon Sadler issued the following statement: "If Juli Briskman failed to qualify for the ballot, her name should immediately be removed. And on behalf of the voters of Loudoun County, it is critical that the potential violations of campaign finance and ethics laws be investigated immediately; and if any violations are found, that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

A copy of the letter is attached.

For more information, please contact Chris Marston, Counsel to the Loudoun County Republican Committee, at 703-259-9015.

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