Did the GOP candidate play a role in selling Taylor Swift’s music?

Democrat Terry McAuliffe claims his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin was instrumental in the controversial sale of the pop star’s music.

RICHMOND, Virginia – Pop superstar Taylor Swift has become a key subject in the Virginia governor’s race. Do you remember the fight between Taylor and record director Scott “Scooter” Braun over his original masters? The result was that Braun retained the rights, forcing Swift to re-record his albums.

A new social media ad for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe claims his opponent Glenn Youngkin played a role in all of this. Now, the announcement isn’t very specific on how Glenn Youngkin “helped” buy Swift’s music. But, we set out to verify the known facts.


When Glenn Youngkin was co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, did the company have any role in purchasing Taylor Swift’s main recordings?



Yes, the Carlyle Group played a role in purchasing Taylor Swift’s main recordings. At the time of the sale, Glenn Youngkin was the co-CEO of the investment firm.


To follow the involvement, you have to see several layers of investments. Glenn Youngkin, until this campaign, was the Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group.

Carlyle Group is an investor in Music Director Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. Ithaca Holdings bought the label which owned Taylor Swift’s main recordings.

In a 2019 press release, the Carlyle Group announced their role in the purchase and mentioned Swift by name. According to the press release, the Carlyle group would support the Ithaca Holdings transaction.

So we can verify, yes, when Glenn Youngkin was co-CEO, the Carlyle group supported the purchase of Swift’s music.

We asked the Youngkin campaign, what role did the candidate play in the deal? They claim Youngkin had no say in Carlyle’s day-to-day operational decisions. So the exact role of Youngkin, we cannot verify.

However, Glenn Youngkin’s campaign tried to turn the tide, stating this quote: “Terry McAuliffe’s campaign is funded by Scooter Braun’s money.


Did Scooter Braun’s money fund McAuliffe’s campaign for governor?


  • Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun FEC 2020 files.
  • McAuliffe for the governor’s campaign.


It is misleading.

Braun’s campaign donation was made to the Virginia Democratic Party for the “Biden Victory Fund”.


The FEC file shows that in September 2020, Scooter Braun donated $ 4,113 to the Virginia Democratic Party. But the note said it was for the “Biden Victory Fund”.

FEC records show it made 16 donations that day of the same amount, with similar memos to 14 different state parties.

McAuliffe didn’t launch his campaign until December 2020 and didn’t get the party’s nomination until June 2021. We asked McAuliffe’s campaign if any of that money went into McAuliffe’s election fund. .

Neither McAuliffe’s campaign nor the Virginia Democratic Party would provide a statement on this.

To be fully transparent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe was also an investor in The Carlyle Group from 2007 to 2016, before and after being governor. This is according to financial information obtained by the Associated Press. However, McAuliffe’s money left the fund 3 years before the music deal with Swift.

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