The confetti had barely stopped falling at Gov. John Kasich’s Ohio victory rally Tuesday night, when the campaign was forced to turn its attention to another pressing matter — a growing sex scandal linked to a major Kasich backer.
Venture capitalist Michael Goguen has been accused in a shocking sexual assault lawsuit that alleged he kept a woman as a sex slave for more than a decade.
In August of last year, Goguen donated a staggering $250,000 to a pro-Kasich Super PAC, New Day for America, as well as $2,700 to the Kasich presidential campaign — the maximum individual contribution.
Goguen was reportedly one of the largest single backers of Kasich’s Super PAC.
The allegations made against Goguen come from a lawsuit filed by Amber Laurel Baptiste in the Superior Court of San Mateo County, CA, where she accused Goguen of repeatedly sexually assaulting her over a period of 13 years.
In the suit, Baptiste claims to have been the victim of human sex trafficking since 2001.
Goguen has counter-sued Baptiste, claiming she’d demanded $40 million in hush money after she was consumed by anger and obsession following the end of their “mutually consensual” affair.
Kasich’s New Day for America PAC has promised to turn over Goguen’s $250,000 donations to various non-profits, but questions about him are likely to continue haunting the campaign.
According to Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News, Goguen was also a major backer of the Republican establishment.
According to Isikoff, “In addition to the contributions to Kasich and his super-PAC, he also in recent years donated $33,400 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $32,400 to the National Republican Congressional Committee and $10,000 each to the Republican Party of Ohio and Montana, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In addition, he donated $8,100 to Utah Sen. Mike Lee last year, $2,016 to the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee in 2014, and $2,600 to Sen. Ted Cruz’s Senate campaign committee in March 2014.”