McDonnell and others donating contributions, but not Cuccinelli
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) and State Sen. Patsy Ticer (D) all said today that they plan to donate to established charities contributions they received from a Florida man who was a director of a charity that is now under scrutiny in three states.
That's easy for them to say -- they took $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively from Bobby Thompson, a former director of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) took more than $55,500 from Thompson, making Thompson Cuccinelli's second-largest individual donor before the November election.
Noah Wall, Cuccinelli's political director, said that the donation has been spent and Cuccinelli will give away the money if Thompson is convicted of a crime. Thompson has not been charged with wrongdoing.
As the Roanoke Times first reported over the weekend, representatives of the charity convinced Ticer to sponsor a bill that will allow veterans organizations to solicit donations in Virginia without registering annually with the state. The St. Petersburg Times in March published the first of several stories about the U.S. Navy Veterans Association and Thompson based on six months of reporting. The newspaper had been unable to locate 84 of the 85 national and state directors listed for the organization, despite extensive searches of public records.
Helen Mac Murray, an attorney for the organization, said today that the group is a legitimate charity and denied any wrongdoing.
Much more to come on this story.
May 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman
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