Twitter SUSPENDS anonymous account that revealed California Democrat Rep Ted Lieu donated $50,000 of campaign funds to Stamford University before his son was accepted
- FEC records show that Lieu made two donations of $25,000 to his alma-mater
- One of Lieu’s sons is about to start college at Stanford, due to graduate in 2025
- The FEC states that campaign committees can give gifts to charity but the donation ‘cannot be used for purposes that personally benefit the candidate’
- Lieu’s donations have drawn references to the infamous Varsity Blues scandal, although there’s no suggestion he broke the law
- A Twitter account that exposed the payments has since been suspended by the social media giant
- That saw parents – some of them famous – bribe admissions staff to ensure their children bagged places at top US colleges
- Stanford was one of the colleges at the center of the scam with its former sailing coach admitting to taking bribes
- A former FEC chairman said it’s likely that Lieu’s donation to Stanford were legal, bit said they may raise ethical questions
California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu is under scrutiny for two $25,000 payments he made to Stanford University years before his son was accepted to the school.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show that Lieu made donations totaling $51,046 to his alma-mater between February 2016 and June 2018. This includes two donations of the substantial sum of $25,000, one in September 2017 and one in June 2018.
According to his Instagram bio, one of Lieu’s sons is about to start college as a freshman at Stanford, due to graduate in 2025.
The fact that Lieu suddenly gave so generously to the school in the years before his son was accepted has a student has raised questions about the motivation for his donations.
California Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu is under scrutiny for two $25,000 payments he made to Stanford University in the years before his son was accepted to the school
Republican political consultant Luke Thompson was noted that a Twitter account that tweeted about the the payments, referencing the infamous Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, was last week suspended.
Thompson himself tweeted: ‘Uh. This is very bizarre. The account that tweeted about @tedlieu making contributions to Stanford out of his campaign account – and Lieu’s son now attending Stanford – has been suspended.’
It is unclear what prompted the account’s suspension.
DailyMail.com has contacted Twitter to ask for a comment.
The FEC states that campaign committees can give gifts to charity but the donation to the organization ‘cannot be used for purposes that personally benefit the candidate.’
Operation Varsity Blues was the largest college admissions fraud scam in US history, with parents paying bribes to have someone cheat on their children’s entrance exams or pretend their kids were star athletes for sports they did not play
Ted Lieu received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from Stanford University before going on to study law
Stanford University was one of the colleges at the center of the Varsity Blues scandal with former sailing coach John Vandemoer pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering
More than 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged in the sprawling scheme overseen by Rick Singer, who was a college admissions consultant in California. In total, more than $25 million was allegedly paid in bribes.
Stanford was one of the colleges at the center of the scandal with former sailing coach John Vandemoer pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering for accepting bribes to the sailing program.
Former FEC chairman Bradley Smith told National Review that although Lieu’s donations may raise ethical questions, this doesn’t mean that they are not legal.
‘It’s actually relatively common for congressmen, especially senators who might have big campaign funds built up, to give a bunch of money to their alma mater,’ he said.
Ted Lieu is father to two teenage sons, one of whom is preparing to start school at Stanford
Smith added that it’s more common for a politician to make these large donations when they are retiring or have leftover money from a state campaign fund that cannot be used in a federal race.
He added: ‘He might have well known, thought, intended that this would help grease the skids for junior down the road, if junior decides he wants to go to Stanford. I don’t think that makes it illegal.
‘There’s a lot of things that may raise ethical questions, that may be legit issues to raise and ask voters if they care about these issues, but that doesn’t make them all illegal.’
Lieu received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from Stanford University before going on to study law.
The congressman attended law school at Georgetown University and FEC records show that he also made two donations to the school between 2017 and 2018, but this were much lower in value at $1,000 and $1,500.