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Cuccinelli giving up donations from former charity director

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) will give $55,500 in campaign funds to state veteran's charities, an amount that matches donations Cuccinelli received during his campaign from a Florida man associated with a charity under investigation in at least three states.

Cuccinelli was the largest recipient in Virginia of donations from Tampa-based Bobby Thompson. Thompson was a founder of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, whose solicitation practices have been questioned across the country. Law enforcement officials, for instance, have said that they have been unable to locate many of the officers and staffers of the organization listed on official charity documents.

Other Virginia politicians, including Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), House Speaker Bill Howell (R) and Sen. Patsy Ticer (D), announced that they would donate money they were given by Thompson months ago. Cuccinelli had resisted, indicating that Thompson had not been convicted of wrongdoing. Last month, Cuccinelli said he would place the funds in a restricted bank account and would donate them to charity if Thompson were convicted.

But Cuccinelli announced Wednesday that he will donate the funds to veterans charities in Virginia. Thompson disappeared from Florida after a six-month-long investigation into his group was published in the St. Petersburg Times.

Recently, the group's lawyers have reported that they have been unable to locate Thompson. In a statement, Cuccinelli said it was those comments that convinced him that Thompson was not interested in defending himself and that it was time to give away Thompson's gifts.

"We were practicing the principle of presumed innocence with Bobby Thompson, awaiting proof from law enforcement that the money he had given the campaign was either a legitimate donation or was not his to give. With Mr. Thompson's recent disappearance and apparent unwillingness to maintain contact with his own attorneys, it seems that he does not wish to defend himself or the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Because of this, I chose to divest my campaign of any funds associated with Mr. Thompson," Cuccinelli said.

Noah Wall, Cuccinelli's political director, said that he has been consulting with veterans to decide which groups should receive the donations but that no decisions have been made.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 28, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
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can anyone tell me why a state official should be collecting contributions from any servicemans charity organization? It is the job of the states Attorney General to discover fraudulent charities and close them, so is $55,000 dollars a bribe? This "charity" was identified by Senator James Webb, after recieving info from 4 states Attorney Generals, he found this organization on a LIST OF GOVERNMENT APPROVED CHARITIES, hE THEN ASKED THE QUESTION OF HOW THIS LIST WAS VETTED? AND IF A PROBLEM FIX IT. A FEW DAYS AFTER THE REQUEST THE ABOVE "ORGANIZATION" WAS REMOVED FROM THE LIST BUT REMAINED ACTIVE. fOR THE LIFE OF ME YOU HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE STEALING FROM OUR VETERANS AND PAYING OUR POLITICIANS AND THE ONLY CONSIDERATION IS IF THEY GIVE IT BACK. wHY ISN'T IT, WHAT JAIL IS THE CROOK IN? AND AN ETHICAL EXPLANATION FROM ALL POLITICIANS INVOLVED.

Posted by: bayslady | July 29, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The director of the charity, Bobby C. Thompson, supposedly gave the donations personally, not from his charity, but I think he kept a lot of the donations for his salary.

An Ohio resident named Bobby Thompson---the same name as the crook without the middle initial C---supposedly gave an Ohio politician money.

That Ohio Bobby Thompson says he didn't give any money to the politician. So who did? And where did they get it?

I wonder where Bobby C. Thompson may have been getting his money in the first place. Maybe the crook was passing money to Cuccinelli from fossil fuel interests because Cuccinelli is persecuting the climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/veterans/mystery-surrounding-us-navy-veterans-director-bobby-thompson-grows/1108943

Posted by: crascal | July 30, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The charity seems to have kept almost all the money that was donated for its "expenses," although Bobby Thompson lived in a run-down Ybor City (Tampa) duplex. After the St. Petersburg Times started asking questions, Thompson moved out of his duplex and left no forwarding address.

If Thompson were stealing donations, it would seem that he would be living a little higher on the hog. I wonder if he may have been laundering money to politicians from someone else.

I hope the authorities get to the bottom of this because we could even have a situation where foreign entity--such as the powerful Russian gas monopoly Gazprom--is able to funnel money to denialist politicians such as Cuccinelli.

It's bad enough that Western fossil fuel companies are setting up "think tanks" and "scientific institutes" to trash scientists who study global warming, but the huge Russian gas monopoly Gazprom probably isn't sitting on its hands either. Gazprom could also be donating to charitable fronts that give money to politicians who deny global warming.

Russia is a petrostate. They use Gazprom to influence other countries policies, and they also want to protect Gazprom's profits from competition from renewable energy. A lot of former KGB guys work for them, and not because they know how to drill for gas.

Cuccinelli is trying to prosecute Dr. Michael Mann for fraud because of those Climategate emails that were proven to be taken out of context.
I think he must be getting money from fossil fuel interests to do this.

Those emails were even posted on a server in Tomsk Russia. They have "patriotic hackers" in Tomsk who attack the Kremlin's targets.

Before the Copenhagen climate summit, the Kremlin-financed Russia Today was putting Western global warming denialists on TV.
Pravda was quoting "conservative" Fox News and saying global warming was a hoax.

Cuccinelli cooks up fraud charges against Dr. Mann, but he kept that money from a really obvious criminal and gave him the "benefit of the doubt." The guy ran away a long time ago, but only now does Cuccinelli give up that money.

People want something when they give a politician 55,000 dollars.

It's funny, but now the Russian propaganda line has changed. Government media are claiming that global warming is caused by secret "climate weapons" that US scientists are using to zap Russia.

Really global warming is caused by the accumulation of greenhouse gasses as we burn oil, gas, and coal.

The Russians know that because the permafrost is thawing and the Arctic ice is melting, but their bosses don't want to help pay the price to solve this problem.

I think it is very unpatriotic of Cuccinelli to be persecuting our great scientists just like they do in Russia. I am not fooled by this fake "fraud" charge.

I'm not Republican any more because of Inhofe and Cuccinelli.

Posted by: crascal | July 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

According to the Russians, America's climate scientists are zapping the Russia with "climate weapons" in order to "provoke droughts" and "erase crops."

This tin-foil conspiracy theory was written by a Russian PhD (history) and officially published by the Russian journal "International Affairs," which seems affiliated with Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was told that this publication sometimes floats new policies/propaganda themes.

The conspiracy theory was reprinted by the official press agency RIA Novosti, but the link goes to the US publication "Foreign Affairs" instead of the Russian publication "International Affairs." Maybe it's an accident...or a joke...or maybe someone is trying to confuse people.

Cuccinelli's denialist ideology and the Climategate scandal were all the rage last winter in Pravda and Russia Today, but now the party line seems to be wobbling in the heat and drought.

It will be facinating to see if Cuccinelli dons his tinfoil hat and starts spreading yet another defamatory conspiracy theory about the "plots" of America's greatest scientists, whom God in his infinite wisdom has sent to help us respond to global warming.

Here it is:

"[E]fforts aimed at deliberate climate change are not a myth...in the nearest future Russia – together with the rest of the world – will face a new generation of threats. At the moment the climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and used to provoke droughts, to erase crops, and to induce various anomalous phenomena in certain countries."

http://legendofpineridge.blogspot.com/2010/07/ria-novosti-floats-florid-conspiracy.html

Posted by: crascal | July 30, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I voted Republican for 40 years. I voted for Attorney General Cuccinelli because he was a Republican, but I didn't know that he would persecute the scientists who are studying global warming. I am so ashamed of my vote.

It is not just Democrats who want Cuccinelli to get his act together.

Mr. Cuccinelli should back off Dr. Mann and apologize for his mistakes. He is a demogogue who is persecuting a great man under the color of the law to get political power. He is making the Republicans look like morons.

Attorney General Cuccinelli should know that conspiracy theories about the "plots" of "crafty" US scientists have a short shelf-life. Even in Russia, these conspiracies eventually fall flat because real life exposes the BIG LIE.

Finally, Russia's leaders turn to great American and Russian scientists instead of to pseudoscience to solve difficult problems.

For example, as Izvestiya (3-19-92) famously reported:

"[KGB chief Yevgeni Primakov] mentioned the well known articles printed a few years ago in our central newspapers about AIDS supposedly originating from secret Pentagon laboratories. According to Yevgeni Primakov, the articles exposing US scientists' 'crafty' plots were fabricated in KGB offices."

http://www.america.gov/st/pubs-english/2005/January/20050114151424atlahtnevel8.222598e-02.html

Posted by: crascal | July 30, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I voted Republican for 40 years. I voted for Attorney General Cuccinelli because he was a Republican, but I didn't know that he would persecute the scientists who are studying global warming. I am so ashamed of my vote.

It is not just Democrats who want Cuccinelli to get his act together.

Mr. Cuccinelli should back off Dr. Mann and apologize for his mistakes. He is a demogogue who is persecuting a great man under the color of the law to get political power. He is making the Republicans look like morons.

Attorney General Cuccinelli should know that conspiracy theories about the "plots" of "crafty" US scientists have a short shelf-life. Even in Russia, these conspiracies eventually fall flat because real life exposes the BIG LIE.

Finally, Russia's leaders turn to great American and Russian scientists instead of to pseudoscience to solve difficult problems.

For example, as Izvestiya (3-19-92) famously reported:

"[KGB chief Yevgeni Primakov] mentioned the well known articles printed a few years ago in our central newspapers about AIDS supposedly originating from secret Pentagon laboratories. According to Yevgeni Primakov, the articles exposing US scientists' 'crafty' plots were fabricated in KGB offices."

http://www.america.gov/st/pubs-english/2005/January/20050114151424atlahtnevel8.222598e-02.html

Posted by: crascal | July 30, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

On Friday it seems that Federal Agents raided a home and seized documents and computers in the case.

The St. Petersburg Times says that Senator James Webb complained in May and asked the Veterans' Administration and the IRS to investigate this charity.

Here is the report of the raid in the Saturday paper (7-31-10).

http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/veterans/article1112113.ece

The fraud Bobby Thompson vanished last month, but Attorney General Cuccinelli only decided to donate the money to real veterans' charities last Wednesday, two days before the raid.

Posted by: crascal | July 31, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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