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Cuccinelli names vets groups to receive campaign cash

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) has identified eight veterans charities that will receive money from his campaign account, as the result of his decision in July to give away donations he had received from a Florida man now wanted by Ohio authorities for suspected identity theft and fraudulent charity work.

Cuccinelli said the groups will receive a total of $55,700 in donations -- which represents the $55,500 his campaign received from a man who said his name was Bobby Thompson, plus interest.

Ohio authorities have said the man, who directed a group called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, stole Thompson's identity. They say they don't know his real name and have issued a warrant for his arrest.

The man was Cuccinelli's second-largest individual contributor during the 2009 campaign. He has said the man made two small unsolicited donations, after which Cuccinelli called and asked for more. The controversial attorney general has said he was surprised to then receive a $50,000 check in the mail from the man.

The man also donated $12,500 to other Virginia politicians. Cuccinelli had resisted giving away his donations even as Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) announced plans to do so in the spring.

But Cuccinelli announced in July that he would give away the money after finding himself unable to get in contact with the man.

The U.S. Navy Veterans Association is under investigation in several states, including Virginia, for allegedly filing false documentation with state officials and engaging in questionable fundraising practices.

Cuccinelli said Thursday that he will be giving money to the following organizations:

-Virginia Vets House , Virginia Beach ($10,700)
-Fischer House, Richmond ($10,000)
-The Order of the Purple Heart, Dale City ($10,000)
-Virginia Veterans Services Foundation:
The Wounded Warrior Program - Statewide ($10,000)
The Virginia Veterans Care Center - Salem ($5000)
Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center - Richmond ($5000)
Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery - Dublin ($2500)
-Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, Washington, DC ($2500)

By Rosalind Helderman  | September 30, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
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Cuccinelli never should of accepted a $55k check from a "charity" in the first place.
You would have to be a moron to think that money was clean. Cuccinelli has no scruples.

Posted by: MarilynManson | October 1, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What did Fidel Obama do with the cool mil he took from BP?

Posted by: wewintheylose | October 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this right...the AG receives stolen money, the AG then is allowed to give that stolen money away to groups that can further his political career???
He should be up for a full blown INVESTIGATION......
This should be headline news.....what a scandal!!!
Why is this being glossed over?

Posted by: Progressiveone | October 2, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli also spreads hypocritcal cant about the reasons for the American Revolution.

We fought the Revolution because we didn't like EUROPEAN tyrants, not because the EPA was trying to protect us from global warming.

I read on the Internet that Cuccinelli's father was a marketing lobbyist for the American Gas Association, the gas lobby.

He was and is an executive with advertising/marketing companies that tout his "European" clients and his expertise in the gas industry.

The dad's company gave Cuccielli's campaign over 96,000 dollars. This was one of his largest individual donations.

I have been writing Cuccinelli's subordinate W. Russell the following questions, but he won't respond:

Do the elder Mr. Cuccinelli’s “European” clients include Russian energy companies?

What services does the elder Cuccinelli provide these clients?

Does he provide them with the services of our Attorney General?

As a Republican who voted for Cuccinelli, these blunt questions were not easy for me to ask.

Virginia's AG office won't answer my troubling questions about what I belatedly noticed. Perhaps Virginia's AG Office is more responsive to its "European" clientele than to the queries of Virginia Republicans.

If my questions are off-base, Cuccinelli's deputy W. Russell could set me strait. All I get is silence.

Experts have noted that Russian energy companies cooperate with the Kremlin foreign policy to influence the behavior of political parties and politicians. Recently, I began to draw some conclusions about how they might go about doing that.

The Attorney General is supposed to protect the people of Virginia; he is not supposed to hijack the office and turn it into an outpost for the Kremlin’s foreign intelligence operations---such as slandering and persecuting the climate scientist Dr. Mann by characterizing him as a greedy liar.

The Kremlin political operatives may be able to get away with persecuting scientists in Russia. They shouldn't be nesting comfortably in the Virginia Attorney General's office.

Instead of making up lies about the dishonesty and greed of the college professor Dr. Mann, Attorney General Cuccinelli should examine his own motives.

It is hypocritical for Cuccinelli to claim that abortion clinics are unsafe (for women) when he leaves world civilization vulnerable to the consequences of global warming.

“Choose life” is not only about abortion.

The Vatican says that we should solve the problem of global warming. Is the Holy Father also a greedy liar like Dr. Mann?

Are science teachers in all our Catholic schools and the entire scientific establishment spreading lies?

I think Cuccinelli chooses money, not life. He spreads the Kremlin's line about the "hoax" of global warming.

The AG hopes we admire his family and his family values; but I think that, except for his beautiful and innocent children, the Cuccinellis are really a crime family, not a Christian family.

Posted by: crascal | October 3, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cuccinelli calls on Virginians to revolt against the Federal government and President Obama.

Virginia's "revolutionary" wants to lead this revolt for "states' rights," but he won't even answer questions from people in Virginia.

I am a Virginian, and I voted for Cuccinelli. I didn't vote for Obama because his minister claimed that Pentagon scientists made AIDS to kill blacks. I knew that was a KGB lie about our scientists, as KGB chief Primakov openly admitted this lie to college students at a recruiting event.

Izvestiya (3-19-92) actually reported:

"[Russian intelligence 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."

Mr. Obama still has not explained what the KGB itself admitted in 1992---that our Pentagon scientists did not bioengineer AIDS. Many people still believe this destructive canard about our scientists.

Some--but not all---of these lies about the "hoax" of global warming come from that same place as the AIDS hoax.

For example, when President Medvedev--the former CEO of the Russian natural gas company GAZPROM---visited Tomsk last winter, he called the global-warming debate "some kind of tricky campaign made up by some commercial structures to promote their business projects."

Actually, I think that global warming DENIALISM some kind of tricky campaign made up by some commercial structures to promote their business projects."

To be fair, Medvedev has recently changed his tune and now affirms that global warming is happening. It would have been impolitic to impune our scientists while NASA was helping the Russians pinpoint those terrible wild fires.

Even the Russian conspiracist Dr. Andrei Areshev even confirmed that global warming was real, but he claimed that it is caused by American scientists who are allegedly beaming "secret climate weapons" at certain countries. He managed to say this while NASA was telling the Russians where their forest fires were.

Areshev worked for a think tank affiliated with the Russian Foreign Ministry, but Medvedev now says the Foreign Ministry is getting new experts because the old experts are "insufficiently analytical."

The Kremlin and I are on the same page about that observation!

Can the Washington Post find out the answers to my questions, since our "revolutionary" Mr. Cuccinelli is so busy saving us from the "plots" of "meretricious" American scientists that his deputy Mr. W. Russell doesn't have time to answer a citizen's questions.

Here are the questions I want answers to.

Do the elder Cuccinelli's "European" clients include Russian energy companies?

What services does the elder Cuccinelli provide these clients?

Does he provide them with the services of our Attorney General?

Posted by: crascal | October 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse


I wrote:

"Mr. Obama still has not explained what the KGB itself admitted in 1992---that our Pentagon scientists did not bioengineer AIDS. Many people still believe this destructive canard about our scientists."

I should have said that Mr. Obama has not identified that the KGB as the source of this lie. He did distance himself from this lie, and he said it was not true.

Posted by: crascal | October 3, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What kind of "revolutionary" smears and persecutes great scientists but won't answer citizen's questions about his own motives?

Mr. Cuccinelli incites Virginians to revolt, but maybe the people will revolt (peacefully) against his "European" tyranny.

Posted by: crascal | October 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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