Democrats repeat call for Cuccinelli to donate contribution
The Democratic Party of Virginia is working hard to keep the spotlight on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's more than $55,000 in campaign contributions from a Florida man associated with a charity under investigation in three states.
The Party organized a conference call today with party Chairman Dick Cranwell, Sen. Don McEachin, House Minority Leader Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville) and military veteran Stephanie Marushia. The group said Cuccinelli should follow the lead of Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and State Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) and donate contributions he received from Bobby Thompson to an established veteran's charity.
Thompson was a director of the group U.S. Navy Veterans Association, the subject of a six-month long investigation by the St. Petersburg Times. Among the newspaper's revelations: Reporters were unable to locate 84 of 85 directors and officers of the organization, despite extensive public records searches. The attorney general of New Mexico announced an investigation of the group after being unable to locate people the group claimed were its New Mexico representatives.
"It's time for him to go ahead and donate that money to a reputable veteran's organization," Cranwell said. "That's it. It's time."
Cuccinelli has pledged to donate the money if Thompson is convicted of a crime associated with misappropriating charity funds. McEachin said the standard for donations should be "much higher than that." Though noting that in Virginia, charities are monitored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, McEachin said Cuccinelli could, and should, write a letter to the regulatory group and urge an investigation of the charity's activities in Virginia.
Marushia said she was concerned that fundraising to other veterans organizations could drop off if the issue with the U.S. Navy Veterans Association continued to linger.
May 20, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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