Have you seen this man? No, the one on the left. (Photos courtesy of Ohio Attorney General's Office) An Ohio grand jury has indicted a man who donated to Virginia political campaigns last year under the name "Bobby Thompson" on felony charges of money laundering, theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. The grand jury also indicted Blanca Contreras, who helped the man run the allegedly fraudulent charity the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Airport police Friday arrested Contreras at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, authorities reported. The indictments allege the Thompson stole more than $1 million from Ohio residents who intended their donations to help veterans. Virginia is one of nine states that have opened investigations into the charity on suspicions that it filed false documentation with state officials and may have stolen charitable contributions. Ohio Attorney Gen. Richard Cordray has alleged that the charity's...
National Democrats are still pouring money into the reelection bids of freshman Reps. Frank Kratovil (Md.), Tom Perriello (Va.) and Glenn Nye (Va.), even as the party has largely given up on several other candidates facing similarly tough races across the country.
| October 14, 2010; 10:53 AM ET |
Categories: Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Glenn Nye, John McCain, Polls, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello
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Former presidential candidate Ross Perot will attend Friday night's grand opening of the education center at the Virginia War Memorial, which will be named after his longtime friends, Paul and Phyllis Galanti. Galanti was a Navy prisoner of war during the Vietnam War with Sen. John McCain (R) and now serves as Gov. Bob McDonnell's commissioner for veteran affairs. Perot and the Galantis became close after he tried to get the POWs better treatment and released during the Vietnam War. About 560 people are attending the event, including McDonnell, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, who lives in Charlottesville, and a host of other local and state officials. The memorial, built in 1955, was designed to honor Virginians who died in World War II and the Korean War. The shrine was later enlarged to honor those killed in Vietnam and Desert Storm. It now has names engraved on its glass...
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will pay a political visit to Alexandria next week, joining an all-star team of GOP lobbyists to raise money for 8th district congressional candidate Patrick Murray.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will host his first fundraiser for Arizona Sen. John McCain, facing a tough primary battle against former congressman J.D. Hayworth, at a McLean home later this month, advisers to the governor say.
| June 1, 2010; 5:49 PM ET |
Categories: Anita Kumar, John McCain, Robert F. McDonnell | Tags: Ted Georgelas, Todd Stottlemyer, bob mcdonnell, bobbie kilberg, fred malek, fundraiser, john mccain
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Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Neal Insley and Wayne Ozmore to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Insley, who will serve as chairman, previously served as special counsel at LeClair Ryan, where he was in charge of their hospitality law industry team. Ozmore served as senior criminal investigator in the attorney general's office. The three ABC commission jobs are widely considered some of the most plum posts in all of state government. ABC commissioners make roughly $120,000 a year. The jobs are purely political appointments -- meaning they are often rewards for a long service to a party or governor. We previously told you that Sandy Canada was appointed to the board. She served as a fundraiser for McDonnell and other Republicans and was an ABC commissioner for former Governor Jim Gilmore from 1998-2002. That means all three commissioners appointed by former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine are gone --...