Jim Webb campaign addresses first 2016 presidential election controversy
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Yesterday, a spokesperson for former, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, attacked the for its report Monday that Webb's (PAC) paid nearly 100,000 (about 80,000) to Webb's wife and daughter over the course of the past six years. Ashleigh Owens, who represents Webb's Born Fighting PAC, accused the Business Insider of "[a]dding up numbers across several years [to create] a sensational headline". The controversy marks the first for Webb since he became the first major candidate to open an last month.
Claiming the Webb family "has made quite a bit of money from [Jim Webb's] political career", the Business Insider reported that of US$961,515.34 raised, Webb's PAC paid a total of US$91,999.91 to his wife Hong Le Webb and daughter Amy Webb Hogan, with US$14,834.34 and US$24,412.20 disbursed, respectively, in 2014, years after fundraising ceased.
"This story as written misrepresents reasonable compensation for real and provable work done", said Owens in a press release. "The activities of the PAC increased in 2014 when Jim Webb decided to re-enter the political discussions of our country."
According to Owens, in 2014, Hong Le Webb, who works as an attorney, was paid for "vetting design consultants, negotiating contracts and content management" relating to the exploratory committee website. Hogan was compensated for her work in the "administration, management and design" of websites as well as the "handling of FEC  compliance matters".
Webb, a 68-year-old Virginia in the U.S. Senate in 2006 and served one term. Webb favors less US intervention abroad, fewer free trade agreements, and supports .veteran, served as under President . He was elected to represent
According to Hillary Clinton, who is widely expected to run for president in 2016.editor , Webb's views on foreign policy and social issues may attract "anti-war progressives as well as conservative-minded Southern white men." labeled him the "worst nightmare" of former
reported at least one Clinton operative pitched unflattering stories about Webb to media outlets since late last month.
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- David Catanese. "What's Driving Jim Webb?" — , December 30, 2014
- Steve Benen. "Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 12.30.14" — , December 30, 2014
- Alex Seitz-Wald. "What is Jim Webb doing?" — , December 30, 2014
- Hunter Walker. "Potential Hillary Challenger Paid Nearly $100,000 In Campaign Donations To His Family" — , December 29, 2014