McDonnell, other Virginia officials snag football tickets, conference lodging and other swag
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) got free airfare from his alma mater to attend a football game at the University of Notre Dame last year, a trip to the National Governors Association meeting from the chairman of the board of footwear company Crocs Inc., and a painting of George Washington from the Virginia National Guard Foundation.
That's according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which compiled lists of gifts, trips and meals reported on financial disclosure forms over the last year.
The figures show that McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) received more than seven times the gifts and trips as Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) over the last year--but got less, in dollar value, than previous governors.
It's unclear if that's because they were given fewer or less expensive items or if it's a result of a difference in how the new administrations report their gift tallies.
Gifts to the men included airfare to attend conferences, tickets to football and NASCAR events and meals and hotel rooms.
Bolling received $2,500 worth of support from James Madison University to attend a conference in Italy in April. Dominion Virginia paid more than $300 for him to attend a conference on wind energy in New Jersey and the Martinsville Speedway spent $300 to send him to a meeting in Florida. (The Speedway also spent more than $2,500 to bring him to Martinsville for a race.)
Cuccinelli may win the prize for the ooh-la-la gift of the year, a $500 dinner at the famed Inn at Little Washington gifted to him by venture capitalist William Walton, who lives nearby.
Cuccinelli may also win the prize for the least outwardly exciting gift of the year, a $100 book titled "Principles of Modeling and Simulation."
Rosalind S. Helderman
| February 8, 2011; 12:17 PM ET
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