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Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:34 AM

New documents raise more questions about financing of McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding

Source: Washington Post

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Apr 10, 2013 01:37 AM EDT

The Washington Post Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has said his daughter and her husband paid for their own wedding. So a $15,000 check from a major campaign donor to pay for the food at the affair was a gift to the bride and groom and not to him and therefore did not have to be publicly disclosed under the law, the governor says.

But documents obtained by The Washington Post show that McDonnell signed the catering contract, making him financially responsible for the 2011 event. The governor made handwritten notes to the caterer in the margins. In addition, the governor paid nearly $8,000 in deposits for the catering.
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The question of who was responsible for paying the catering bill is a key one because Virginia law requires that elected officials publicly report gifts of more than $50. But the law does not require the disclosure of gifts to the official’s family members.
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The gift came from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., chief executive of Star Scientific Inc., a company near Richmond that makes dietary supplements. Three days before the wedding, the governor’s wife, Maureen, flew to Florida to speak about the company’s new product, an anti-inflammatory made from a chemical found in tobacco. Shortly after the wedding, the governor and his wife hosted a luncheon at the Executive Mansion marking the launch of Star’s latest product.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-politics/mcdonnell-signed-contract-for-wedding-food-later-paid-by-donor/2013/04/09/9ec9f85c-a05e-11e2-9c03-6952ff305f35_story.html



Also:

Report: McDonnell helped finance daughter’s wedding, despite claims donor’s gift wasn’t to him

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/report-mcdonnell-helped-finance-daughters-wedding-despite-claims-donors-gift-wasnt-to-him/2013/04/09/345ba59a-a164-11e2-bd52-614156372695_story.html

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Reply New documents raise more questions about financing of McDonnell’s daughter’s wedding (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Apr 2013 OP
TheOther95Percent Apr 2013 #1
Baitball Blogger Apr 2013 #2
MADem Apr 2013 #13
beac Apr 2013 #3
erronis Apr 2013 #15
TheOther95Percent Apr 2013 #4
PA Democrat Apr 2013 #5
treestar Apr 2013 #6
barbtries Apr 2013 #7
kairos12 Apr 2013 #8
Exultant Democracy Apr 2013 #9
Javaman Apr 2013 #10
Plucketeer Apr 2013 #11
Blue Owl Apr 2013 #12
joesdaughter Apr 2013 #14
tartan2 Apr 2013 #16

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:45 AM

1. Nothing to see here folks...

I mean when we go to weddings we always cut a check to the caterer, right? Isn't that jist good ol' fashioned weddin' manners? Why the caterer's the one with the vittles. Why shouldn't the caterer get the check?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:54 AM

2. Don't you wonder how much payola gets transferred through the real estate market?

God, I do. So many ways to do it, that it makes it a perfect laundry system.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 02:49 PM

13. One of ours (putatively, anyway), Countrywide Chris Dodd, revealed all on that score.

When no one could get a decent rate, he was getting uber-preferred rates! It was obscene.

And he was most certainly not the only one, not by a long shot....

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:56 AM

3. And now we all know what Mitt Romney's vetters knew.

Poor widdle Bob... thought he'd be Veep, instead he'll always be the trans-vaginal wedding freebie creep.

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Response to beac (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 09:44 PM

15. Maybe he would enjoy that trans-vaginal probe

Stuck up his little weenie to see if he is pregnant (it does happen - really!).

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 09:25 AM

4. If the "wedding guest" claimed the "gift" as a business deduction...

he is screwed too. I suspect the check was made out to the caterer so that the CEO could deduct it from his or the company's taxes as a "business expense." Idiot wanted a tax deductible bribe.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 09:33 AM

5. If Bob McDonnell's name was on the catering contract

how is it a gift to the daughter and son-in-law? What a bunch of crooks.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 09:40 AM

6. They always find a way around it

Maybe gifts to family members should be included. Immediate family at least. Then again, we would need a Congress that would make that amendment.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 09:50 AM

7. everybody knows the father of the bride pays for the wedding.

ergo, it was a gift to him and not to her. bring him up on charges!

these people and their family values. yuck.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 10:27 AM

8. Typical unctuous rethug financial 3 card monte

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 10:52 AM

9. First the15k wedding gift, then we will go after the bankers.

I'm gonna turn my outrage meter to 11 on this one, because it is oh so important.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 11:01 AM

10. corporate sponsored wedding...

I wonder what decals the bride and groom will wear on their clothing?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 11:05 AM

11. Ah yes!

Setting an example for asspiring "public servants" everywhere.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:25 PM

14. Address please?

I would like to have Jonnie's address to add to my guest list for future family occasions.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 03:58 PM

16. Can someone say "TACKY, TACKY, TACKY"

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