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|James Chao, father of McConnell's wife Elaine, has a lot of questions to answer after about $6.7 million worth of cocaine was found on the Ping May, a ship owned by the Foremost Group, a company Chao founded and led to a tidy fortune. But was that fortune built on honest movement of legitimate bulk trade goods, or has Mr. Chao been trading in less than legal goods? Foremost is the source of most of Sen. McConnell's fortune through gifts and inheritance from his in-laws. It is a shadowy corporation, utilizing a complex scheme of shell companies to skip out on millions in taxes annually.
Some of the goods shipped by Foremost echo themes of the McConnell campaign. For instance, McConnell has stressed his opposition to carbon dioxide limits imposed by the federal government that would impact the domestic coal market. Guess what? Foremost ships routinely transport coal.