One of the parents implicated in the massive college bribery scandal co-hosted a fundraiser for Sen Kirsten Gillibrand just days before she was charged.
Marketing CEO Jane Buckingham paid $2,800 to co-host the Beverly Hills fundraiser alongside Will Ferrell and Shonda Rhimes last Saturday, according to
The fundraiser for Gillibrand’s exploratory 2020 presidential run took place at the home of Larry Berg, the owner of soccer team Los Angeles FC, and his wife Allison.
Buckingham allegedly paid $50,000 to have someone take her son’s ACT test in July 2018 to help him get into the University of Southern California.
Marketing CEO Jane Buckingham, one of the parents implicated in the massive college bribery scandal, co-hosted a fundraiser for Sen Kirsten Gillibrand just days before she was charged
Buckingham paid $2,800 to co-host the Beverly Hills fundraiser for Gillibrand’s exploratory 2020 presidential run alongside Will Ferrell and Shonda Rhimes last Saturday
Shortly after Buckingham was charged in the scandal, her son released a statement and said he was ‘unknowingly involved’ in the cheating scheme.
‘I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their a** off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams,’ he told the
‘I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.’
‘For that I am sorry though I know my word does not mean much to many people at the moment.’
‘While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions.’
‘Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize an applicants’ character, intellect, and other qualities over everything else.’
Buckingham, a Beverly Hills boutique marketing firm CEO, was among the 50 people – including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman – charged on Tuesday for allegedly conspiring with mastermind Rick Singer to cheat their children’s way into college.
Shortly after Buckingham was charged in the scandal, her son (pictured left with sister Lilia and Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler) released a statement and said he was ‘unknowingly involved’ in the cheating scheme
Buckingham (left) is accused of paying $50,000 to have another person to take the ACT exam for her son Jack (right) in July 2018
Buckingham is friends with actress Felicity Huffman who was also charged in the college bribery scheme on Tuesday. They are pictured together in 2010
Buckingham also expressed interest in having someone take her daughter Lilia’s entrance exams as well. Lilia tweeted on Wednesday: ‘hello beautiful people. thank u for your support. i love u all’
Buckingham, who has been described as one of the world’s leading experts in youth branding, created and later sold the company Youth Intelligence, a marketing firm that focused on Generations X and Y.
Court documents claim that Buckingham paid $50,000 to have another person take the ACT exam for her son in July 2018.
Jack was due to fly to Texas to sit his exam in a test center that was in on the scheme but came down with tonsillitis.
Buckingham, who didn’t want him to fly, allegedly arranged for Jack to take a fake test at home while someone else took his test in Texas.
Jack took the test in his bedroom and believed that it had secured his place at USC.
Buckingham even gave a handwriting sample from her son so that the person taking the test could attempt to match his writing on the ACT exam in Texas.
In a wiretapped phone call with Singer, Buckingham said: ‘He has not great writing. I’m gonna give you that’.
She later emailed across the writing sample and said: ‘Good luck with this’.
Jack ended up scoring 35 out of 36 on the ACT.
Months later in October, in a conversation wiretapped by investigators, Buckingham expressed interest in having someone take her daughter Lilia’s entrance exams as well.
Buckingham admitted that her daughter is ‘not a great test taker’.
Lilia, a high school sophomore and Instagram influencer, tweeted on Wednesday: ‘hello beautiful people. thank u for your support. i love u all.’
Buckingham appeared in court late Tuesday with Huffman, who is her friend and has also been charged in the scheme.