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McAuliffe Appointment Of Campaign Aide To Alcohol Board Draws Criticism

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Several Virginia lawmakers are accusing Governor Terry McAuliffe of a political payoff after he gave a job to the same GOP operative that he hired for consulting services.

McAuliffe recently appointed Republican Boyd Marcus to Chairman of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — a position that pays $130,000 dollars a year.

According to campaign finance records, Boyd was paid $140,000 dollars for consulting on McAuliffe's campaign last year.

Specifically, the Federal Election Commission reports, Marcus' consulting firm was paid $100,000 by a super PAC controlled by the Democratic Governors Association.

And his firm was paid $40,000 directly by the McAuliffe campaign. The combined payments makes Marcus one of McAuliffe's highest-paid campaign aides.

Many Republican lawmakers are angry at the appointment and have suggested it was a political payoff, which the governor denies.

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