We already know that now-famed party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi of Hume in Faquier County in Virginia like to pose with celebrities and top politicians, but they also dabble a bit in local political donations.
Tareq Salahi, who owns Oasis Winery, has made two donations large enough to make the federal database – $600 to Republican George Allen’s first campaign for the U.S. Senate in Virginia and $1,000 to Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-VA) primary campaign in 2006.
Virginia Public Access Project records show that Tim Kaine’s inaugural committee bought $25,000 worth of Oasis wine for an event held the night before Kaine’s inauguration in 2006 as governor of Virginia.
TPMDC tonight interviewed state Delegate Dave Albo, a Republican from Northern Virginia.
Albo is a longtime friend of the Salahis, even attending an ACDC concert with them recently.
“They are really fun and very nice,” he said.
Albo said the Salahis spend a lot of time at social events.
“They are the kind of people who would get invited to something like that,” Albo said.
As I reported earlier, they have attended events at the executive mansion and were involved with Virginia tourism promotion and active in the state’s winery association.
Salahi also donated $2,500 to a Democratic candidate for delegate in 2007.