May 17, 2013 |
The owners of a vineyard who landed Virginia's first deal to sell wine in China were so thankful for the help of the state officials who negotiated the agreement that they decided to show their gratitude. Barboursville Vineyards allowed Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, to host their 35th wedding anniversary party at the vineyard for free. The party for about 100 close friends and relatives took place just a few hours after the couple participated in the 2011...
May 16, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell is launching an ambitious campaign to match more than 1,000 children in foster care with 1,000 adoptive parents. The "Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000" will get its official start Friday at the Executive Mansion in Richmond. In advance of the event, Equality Virginia and the Family Equality Council are calling on McDonnell to open adoption to all qualified parents. A Virginia law allows private adoption...
April 29, 2013 |
A former chef at the Virginia governor's mansion asked a judge Monday to dismiss embezzlement charges against him, arguing that state Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II has a series of conflicts of interest that have tainted the proceedings. Attorneys for chef Todd Schneider say that he told state and federal authorities more than a year ago that a major campaign donor of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) had paid $15,000 to cater the wedding of McDonnell's...
April 26, 2013
The April 19 front-page article " McDonnell lake vacations were gifts from supporters " informed me that Virginia law requires the annual disclosure of gifts, with which Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) complied, and "sets virtually no requirements for what level of detail needs to be revealed. " Moreover, "elected officials are allowed to accept gifts of any size, including vacations, provided they are annually disclosed. " The article devoted an expansive 1,100 words and a prominent position to what is...
April 18, 2013 |
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell took a lake-house vacation in 2011 courtesy of the same major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor's daughter that summer. When the July vacation ended, the McDonnell family borrowed a Ferrari owned by Star Scientific's chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. for the three-hour ride back to Richmond. The model had a retail price of $190,000. McDonnell's spokesman said the governor and his family have taken a vacation at Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke...
April 9, 2013 |
RICHMOND — A senior Virginia Democrat spoke in favor Tuesday of closing the loophole that allows gifts to elected officials' immediate relatives to go unreported. "I think it needs to be closed," said Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. McEachin made the comment to reporters after being asked about the $15,000 payment a Virginia businessman made to cover catering costs at the June 2011 wedding of one of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's daughters.