Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Former Virginia Governor and Wife Indicted

     Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury for accepting an estimated $140,000 in loans and gifts in exchange for the ex-governor to promote dietary supplements. McDonnell is accused of lying on loan applications by failing to report money donated by Jonnie Williams Sr., the chief executive of Star Scientific, a dietary supplement company. Mrs. McDonnell's lawyer William Burck has stated that his client is innocent and that "the Department of Justice has overreached to bring these charges." I thought that this article was particularly relevant to our class after we have talked about campaign funds and limits, and hard money etc. McDonnell apologized and stated that he will return the gifts and loans. He also said that he didn't do anything that he wouldn't have done for any other Virginia business. Click here to see the full article.

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