Cuccinelli names vets groups to receive campaign cash
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)
| September 30, 2010; 5:52 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman
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