RICHMOND — Supporters of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell have established a legal-defense fund for the Republican, the subject of state and federal investigations related to his connection to a businessman who showered the first family with luxury items, monetary gifts and loans.
Restoration Fund was formed this week as a nonprofit corporation but one that will function as a political organization — meaning donations will not be tax-deductible, according to Stanley Baldwin, a Virginia Beach lawyer who will be its chairman.
“We believe that Bob McDonnell has complied with the laws of Virginia as they relate to financial disclosures,” Baldwin said Friday in a prepared statement announcing the fund’s formation. “For a decades-long public servant like Governor McDonnell, the legal fees being incurred by the investigations spurred by the case against the former mansion chef could be ruinous.
“The Governor’s friends want to ensure that he can wage a vigorous defense and clear his good name. Bob McDonnell’s over four decades of public service to Virginia and the nation, in the U.S. Army, as a prosecutor, Delegate, Attorney General and as Governor has always been one of leadership and conviction.”