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McDonnell backs full disclosure for campaign contributors

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that he supports full disclosure for campaign donors, a position that seemingly puts him at odds with some close allies currently running groups raising millions in undisclosed donations at the national level.

McDonnell's former campaign chairman Ed Gillespie this year helped Republican Karl Rove found American Crossroads and the affiliated group Crossroads GPS, a political action committee that's spending millions on issues ads that could help Republican candidates.

Fred Malek, a McDonnell ally currently chairing the gubernatorial Government Reform Commission in Virginia, founded a group called the Action Network, which is likewise spending millions on issues ads that could help Republicans but also does not have to disclose its donors.

Democrats have made a major push in the final days before Tuesday's election to argue that corporate interests are using such organizations to buy the election.

On Tuesday, McDonnell said he prefers the system in Virginia, which places no limits on campaign donations but requires that campaigns and political action committees regularly disclose the names of all their contributors.

"I think we do it the right way where we don't have limits on giving, but we have full disclosure on a regular basis, so that people can decide whether money played a role in a particular legislators' decision," McDonnell said on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program. "I think that's the right approach."

The position is a consistent one for the governor. During last year's campaign, he also said he supported Virginia's campaign finance laws, which allow for unlimited giving paired with donor transparency.

In the interview, McDonnell also defended Malek's role as head of the reform group, despite his partisan activities. He said if partisan activity was a bar to gubernatorial appointment, "you'll never have any person serve in public service."

"So many of the people who serve on boards and commissions, for Republican or Democrat governors, are people who have partisan interests," he said. "They've given money to one party or the other. That's not a disqualifier.

He noted that state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D), who chairs the Democratic caucus in the state Senate, sits on the same commission.

By Rosalind Helderman  | October 26, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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Foreigners are paying money to the Tea Party and to global warming denialist Senators.

According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

"In Western Europe, Moscow has operated by making lucrative arrangements with foreign energy companies that become de facto lobbyists for the Kremlin within their own countries."---"Why The Russia Spy Story Really Matters" (RFE/RL, 7-9-10)

“Lucrative arrangement” means the Russians pay their partners more than a deal is worth because the Russians want their foreign business partners to do double duty as Kremlin lobbyists.

I have been trying to find out if Virginia's Attorney General Cucinelli is receiving money from European and perhaps even Russian fossil fuel companies because Cuccinelli's father, whose company donates to his son's political campaign, is a gas marketing expert who boasts of his "European" clients. The people who sell natural gas in Europe are mainly the Russians.

Cuccinelli's deputy, W. Russell, never responds to my requests for more information about the elder Cuccinelli's clients, even though the father's company donated over 96,000 dollars to Cuccinelli's campaign. I wonder if the elder Cuccinelli's clients are really paying for the services of our Attorney General, who persecutes the climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. What I found out is here.

Since Cuccinelli's office won't be transparent about who the elder Cucccinelli's clients are and what services they are being provided, I will be voting for Democrats this fall. I am no longer going to vote for a party that is getting foreign money to persecute our great scientists.

In 1776, we fought a revolution because foreign tyrants were oppressing our people. Now Americans can vote, so we should not be voting for politicians who accept money from foreign corporations who are oppressing our people. I am a capitalist, but big businesses have to be responsible, patriotic citizens and work with scientists who are trying to stop global warming.

Some Republican demogogues like Virginia's Attorney General Cuccinelli compare President Obama to the tyrant King George and try to incite a revolution in the name of "states' rights." This is pretty hypocritical, since Republican denialists are taking money from powerful foreign interests who want to subvert our federal government. These Republicans just want power and money; they don't care about the public interest at all. I was a Republican for 40 years, but I want nothing to do with them any more.

Now, the U.K. Guardian (10-24-10) has published an article which reveals that European, not just American, companies are funding the Tea Party Movement and global warming denialist Senators:

"Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters."

Link to specific facts presented above:

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