Virginia investigates Salahis’ business entity

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Virginia has launched an investigation into a business entity run by Michaele and Tareq Salahi, according to The Washington Post.  The Virginia couple created a storm of controversy last week when they attended a White House state dinner without having an invitation.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences said in a statement that it was investigating the fund-raising practices of America’s Polo Cup under the Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law.

The Salahis have held the America’s Polo Cup match in Virginia since 2007 . It has been billed as a charity event raising money for Journey for the Cure, a nonprofit foundaton.

Salahi told the Post that the event in 2007 raised $250,000 for charity, but paperwork with Virginia regulators said the foundation received $18,608 in 2007 and donated $15,000 to its causes.

Tareq Salahi is a member of the board of the Virginia Tourism Corp., which promotes tourism in the state.

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