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Updated: White House crashers partied with Warner, Kaine

Anita Kumar

Even during this long holiday weekend it's been impossible to escape the constant chatter about the now infamous White House crashers -- Virginia socialites Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

Talking Points Memo has unearthed photos of the couple with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine (though the folks at TPM accidently call Kaine former governor, which of course, he won't be until Jan. 16).

Kaine's inaugural committee bought $25,000 worth of wine from Oasis winery , which is owned by the Salahi family, for an event the night before the inauguration, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-profit tracker of money in politics.Oasis also donated $25,000 to Kaine's inaugural committee, $5,000 to Bob McDonnell's 2006 inaugural committee for attorney general and a variety of others over the years, according to VPAP. Tareq Salahi contributed money to Kaine, former delegate Brian Moran and Sen. Creigh Deeds, among others.

TPM also reported that the Salahis have attended receptions at Virginia's governor's mansion and that Tareq Salahi donated $600 to former Sen. George Allen (R) and $1,000 to U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D) in 2006.

The Salahis claim their their elaborate 2003 wedding included a speech by Warner, then Virginia's governor.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Tareq Salahi has served on the board of the Virginia Tourism Corporation since 2006. (Members are appointed by the governor).

And if you can't get enough of the Salahis, make sure to check out the Post's fascinating story about the couple in today's paper. It mentions that Tareq Salahi, an avid polo player who launched America's Polo Cup, were sued for more than $300,000 by Market Salamander, a high-profile catering operation in Middleburg for nonpayment. What it doesn't mention is that Market Salamander is owned by Sheila Johnson, the billionaire businesswoman and Kaine supporter who backed McDonnell this year.

Updated: Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said the senator did not attend the Salahis' wedding. He said a photo of Warner on their Website is from the annual Governor's Cup Wine Reception at the Executive Mansion.

By Anita Kumar  |  November 28, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Comments

Not the first time the Obama White House has had gatecrashers.
See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/masked-raiders-infiltrate-white-house/

Posted by: MikeLicht | November 28, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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