Federal Bureau of Investigation raids office of GOP consulting firm in Maryland

An evidence collection bag at the scene

An evidence collection bag at the scene

FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Ram said the investigation is being conducted through the bureau's Washington field office, which has jurisdiction in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

The FBI confirmed that the agency had carried out a search warrant in Annapolis, but declined to elaborate to several news outlets.

Strategic Campaign Group says it supports Republican candidates on a range of services including mail, fundraising and telephone town halls. The Washington FBI office said the investigation, including the raid, is being done with "fierce coordination". The firm's website said one of its principals was formerly associated with a firm operated by Paul Manafort, who is the former Trump campaign manager whose business dealings with Russian Federation are under intense scrutiny. Rogers said the raid was not tied to Manafort directly, whose business dealings with Russian Federation are now under intense scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kelly Rogers, the president of Strategic Campaign Group, told reporters that the investigation specifically relates to work the firm did on behalf of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's 2013 gubernatorial campaign, Time magazine reported. Less than one-half of one percent of that money, $10,000, actually made it to the Cuccinelli campaign.

The Cuccinelli suit alleged that Strategic Campaign Group and the associated Conservative Strike Force Political Action Committee - an independent group not affiliated with the candidate - raised about $2.2 million by assuring donors it would spend the money to help elect the GOP candidate.

"WINNING REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGNS FOR MORE THAN 1O YEARS" reads a banner across the top of Strategic Campaign Group's website. Rogers said on his company's website that he's worked for numerous Republican politicians at every level.

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