It’s About Frigging Time!!!!
Ken Cuccinelli gets a huge weight off his neck by deciding to donate the tainted $55,000 Bobby Tompson/US Navy Vets Association donation to real veterans charities (press release below the fold). I still think the timeline of those donations and various regulatory changes stinks, but this is a good move, even if delayed.
Cuccinelli to donate $55,500 from campaign to Virginia veterans charities
– Money was originally a contribution from Bobby Thompson –
RICHMOND – Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced his intentions to donate $55,500 to veterans’ charities around the Commonwealth. The funds were originally donated to the Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General Campaign in the summer and fall of 2009 by Bobby Thompson.
In recent months, Thompson and a charity he directs, the United States Navy Veterans Association, both have come under scrutiny. In June the campaign set aside the funds donated by Thompson into a segregated account after Cuccinelli’s political staff worked to locate certain members of the group and came up empty handed. Most recently, Thompson’s lawyers have declared that they have been unable to locate Thompson despite their best efforts.
“We were practicing the principle of presumed innocence with Bobby Thompson, awaiting proof from law enforcement that the money he had given the campaign was either a legitimate donation or was not his to give. With Mr. Thompson’s recent disappearance and apparent unwillingness to maintain contact with his own attorneys, it seems that he does not wish to defend himself or the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Because of this, I chose to divest my campaign of any funds associated with Mr. Thompson,” Cuccinelli said.
Over the past week the Attorney General and his political staff have been contacting veterans around the Commonwealth attempting to determine how to most effectively help veterans and their families. Cuccinelli stated “Our goal here is identify veterans’ charities that have an impact around the Commonwealth – and then direct those funds where they can be of most help to our nation’s heroes.”
Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign will announce when a decision has been reached on which charities to allocate the funds to.