RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released tax records show former Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal defense fund raised nearly $150,000 during the first quarter of this year, a sizeable haul that's still far short of the $1 million-plus the fund's founder has said is needed.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, gave $10,000. Fred Malek, a veteran Republican fundraiser also gave $10,000.
Coal baron Richard Baxter Gilliam gave $50,000, the single biggest donation.
Most of the more than 40 reported donors gave in smaller amounts. A handful of donors were from out of state.
":It's significant that a lot of Virginians and a lot of Americans are standing with Bob McDonnell during this difficult time,": said Jason Miyares, a spokesman for the legal defense fund.
The former Republican governor and his wife Maureen are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is set to begin in July.
The McDonnells have returned gifts to Williams and apologized for their actions, but they have denied breaking any laws. Their supporters have characterized the federal prosecution as politically motivated.
McDonnell was once a rising star in the Republican Party and had been considered a possible Romney running mate.
But his last year in office was overshadowed by the federal investigation into his relationship with Williams.
The legal defense fund had raised slightly more than $11,000 during the last quarter of 2013, before the McDonnells were indicted in January.
Defense fund founder Stanley Baldwin, a Virginia Beach attorney, sent out a fundraising appeal last week indicating that the McDonnells' defense cost will top $1 million.
":The trial alone will cost approximately $1 million for legal fees, housing, experts, transcripts etc.,": Baldwin wrote.
Lawyers for the McDonnells have been busy sparring with federal prosecutors in advance of the July trial date. In multiple court filings, the two sides have sharply differed on whether McDonnell's actions amounted to bribery or the routine extension of political courtesies and access.
The fund spent $140,000 this quarter on the various legal firms representing the McDonnells, with $100,000 going to the law firm Jones Day.
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&lsquo:GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON&rsquo:: Among the reports &ndash: Chris Brown may begin today: Fairfax County schools and the bid for later start times: much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
FOCUS, PEOPLE: So says The Danny, per the Associated Press, &ldquo:Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it's time for people to ":focus on reality": concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname. ":We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue,": Snyder said. ":The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality.":
Challenged by those who consider the name ":Redskins": offensive, Snyder and his staff recently traveled to Native American reservations and last month established a foundation to assist American Indian tribes. He had declined requests to answer questions about the foundation until Tuesday.
":Snyder has insisted he will not change the Redskins' name, calling it a ":badge of honor.": He did not directly answer when asked to respond to those who say the foundation is a way of throwing money at the problem to placate critics. . . Snyder rarely takes questions from reporters, and his brief remarks came Tuesday after a ceremony at a local high school. The Redskins are donating one-tenth of the $1 million cost to refurbish the school's sports field.&rdquo: http://apne.ws/1jHACqQ
GOV. TOURIST: And pubs, per the Baltimore Sun, &ldquo:Gov. Martin O'Malley left Tuesday for a five-day trip to Europe that includes a ":congressional pilgrimage": to northern Ireland and a conference in Amsterdam. The governor, whose Irish heritage inspired his Celtic rock band and his taste in poetry, will first visit Dublin along with civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia as part of a 50-person delegation to learn about the island's historic divide and reconciliation efforts, organizers said.
&ldquo:O'Malley then plans to attend a conference on progressive governance in Amsterdam on Thursday and Friday before returning to Ireland, his office spokeswoman said. The governor also traveled to Dublin last June and gave a speech at Iveagh House, headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland.&rdquo: http://bsun.md/1jHWJgR
GIFTGATE: Did anyone say free money?, per the Virginian-Pilot, &ldquo:Donors such as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney produced a recent spike in contributions to a charity set up to raise money for former governor Bob McDonnell's legal defense. The $149,242 in donations to the Virginia Beach-based Restoration Fund from January to March, according to Virginia Public Access Project data, dwarfs the $11,554 it raised over the prior six months.
&ldquo:Much of the newer giving from Romney and other deep-pocketed contributors came after McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged in a 14-count federal indictment in January alleging they misused their public positions for personal benefit. . .Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee supported by McDonnell, gave $10,000 to the fund in March.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/1rkVLdi
ZOO SHOOTING: Details, per the Washington Post, &ldquo:Shortly past 5 p.m. Monday, the main entrance to the National Zoo teemed with people enjoying one of the attraction&rsquo:s busiest days of the year. Tourists and mothers pushing baby carriages jostled for position as other visitors, enjoying the annual family day at the zoo, poured onto Connecticut Avenue.
&ldquo:Just then, a large crowd of men and women arrived at the zoo&rsquo:s entrance. That came as authorities inside were in the process of expelling about three dozen disruptive youngsters from near the elephant exhibit. All of a sudden, hundreds of people milled about at the zoo&rsquo:s entrance. Then, at 5:17, someone pulled a gun and fired several shots. Once again &mdash: just like in 2000, when seven people were shot, and again in 2011, when a young boy was stabbed &mdash: an Easter Monday at the zoo became a day of terror and chaos for out-of-towners and native Washingtonians alike.&rdquo: http://wapo.st/1jzhFoO
SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: Of another try, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, &ldquo:It was supposed to be the end of the 2014 legislative season. But lawmakers return to Richmond Wednesday to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments with the most important piece of legislation -- the budget -- still unresolved, and unlikely to shift from its partisan standoff.
&ldquo:McAuliffe vetoed only five pieces of legislation -- including two public prayer bills and one regarding storing guns in secured containers in cars. With the Senate controlled by Democrats and the House dominated by Republicans, lawmakers at odds with the governor are unlikely to muster the two-thirds vote in both chambers necessary to overturn his vetoes.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/1rhqpG7
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: SCOTUS not a fan, per the New York Times, &ldquo:In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state&rsquo:s public universities.
&ldquo:The 6-to-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the use of race in admissions or to consider race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity.&rdquo: http://nyti.ms/1mv48CN
CONFLICTED ABOUT FERRY: Collective grief, shame, per the Los Angeles Times, &ldquo:For South Korea, a country that pulled itself out of abject poverty to become the world's 15th-largest economy, the most stinging accusation about last week's ferry sinking is that it looks like a Third-World disaster.
&ldquo:While the captain escaped and the crew dithered and bickered with emergency officials, hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, obediently remained in their cabins as the ferry rolled and slipped beneath the surface of the cold, gray sea.&rdquo: http://lat.ms/QE9BMc
IN THIS CORNER. . .: Check your listings, per The Hill, &ldquo:A long-running feud between Netflix and Comcast is on the verge of becoming all-out war. Netflix threw down the gauntlet on Monday by coming out against Comcast&rsquo:s proposed $45 billion agreement to merge with Time Warner Cable.
&ldquo:The deal, for which Comcast has hired an army of lobbyists to sell and defend, had attracted little opposition from other major companies or from lawmakers on Capitol Hill. But in a letter to shareholders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells warned the deal would give the resulting company too much market power and leverage over Internet companies.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/1jzkpCJ
POLITICO PLAY: &ldquo:When Bob Dole ran for president in 1996 at the age of 73, Democrats derided him as a relic and a man out of place in the electronic age. Late-night comics mocked him, he tumbled off a stage and President Bill Clinton charged in his convention speech that Dole wanted to &ldquo:build a bridge to the past.&rdquo:
&ldquo:Nearly two decades later, Dole is having the last laugh &mdash: and letting present-day Republicans know they might learn a thing or two from the deal-making glory days of the iconic Kansas war hero.&rdquo: http://politi.co/1riYtlh
D.C. BUDGET: And the lawsuit, per City Paper, &ldquo:The D.C. Council's fight with Mayor Vince Gray over budget autonomy could be resolved only two weeks before the Council has to make its first vote on the mayor's budget, according to a schedule laid out in a federal court hearing over the lawsuit filed by the Council and Chairman Phil Mendelson against Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/PrXHUS
MEDS AND SMOKES: Just say no, per Gazette.Net, &ldquo:Members of the Montgomery County Council are asking stores with pharmacies in them to stop selling cigarettes in their Montgomery locations, claiming the practice is contradictory.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/1mwKdmM
TUTORING TERPS: Or something like that, per the Frederick News-Post, &ldquo:The University of Maryland hopes to have a profound, long-lasting impact on the way the city of Frederick does business, said Gerrit Knaap, executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the university.
&ldquo:The university has selected the city as its partner to pilot the Action Learning Program, to start this fall. Entire courses will be created based on the city&rsquo:s needs, Knaap said, and students will be asked to dig deep into big issues and projects the city thinks are worthwhile and come up with new ideas for how city staff can take them on.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/1lEiCmT
WHAT TO DO?: Of a wide-open space, per ARLnow, &ldquo:Arlington County surveyed more than 250 residents, workers and visitors to Courthouse Square to assess public opinion of the area&rsquo:s future. The survey was conducted as part of the county&rsquo:s &ldquo:Envision Courthouse Square&rdquo: initiative, which is trying to get the public involved in the process of planning the future development of the 9-acre area surrounding the county&rsquo:s large surface parking lot.
&ldquo:. . . More than 13 percent of respondents listed &ldquo:market events&rdquo: as their preferred future use of open space in Courthouse Square, followed by 12.2 percent in favor of outdoor movies and evening events. Social gathering and social seating received 11.7 and 9.8 percent of the vote, respectively.&rdquo: http://bit.ly/1hh4bku
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards beat Chicago 101-99: Nationals lose 7-2 against L.A. Angels.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: &ldquo:Fairfax County Police are on the hunt for a serial groper. The male suspect is reported to be responsible for a total of seven forcible fondling incidents that occurred in three shopping areas &ndash: Skyline, Bailey&rsquo:s Crossroads, and Seven Corners. The incidents took place between March 22 and April 19 in the afternoon or early evening between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.&rdquo: http://wj.la/1flMvAb
NEWSTALK: Among today&rsquo:s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Bliss Requa-Trautz of the Massachusetts group &ldquo:Just Communities,&rdquo: will be asked about the anti-deportation demonstrations taking place at the White House.
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Coverage of the Chris Brown bodyguard trial; Serial animal abuser to be sentenced; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
NICE PLACET TO VISIT BUT: Wouldn’t want to live there?, per the Baltimore Sun, “Is Ocean City the most dangerous place to live in Maryland? Even more dangerous than Baltimore? “The surprising answer is yes, at least according to analysis by Movoto, a California-based real estate brokerage firm known for its data-based research of various trends and market conditions across the nation.
“The company this week released its list of the safest places to live in Maryland. Movoto said its report looked at places with populations of at least 5,000 and then ranked them based on FBI crime statistics in 2012. Ocean City landed on the bottom of the list, with residents facing a 1 in 5 chance of being the victim of a crime. The beach town fared worse than Baltimore, while two more Eastern Shore towns - Cambridge and Salisbury - also ranked near the bottom.” http://bsun.md/1j1cD5A
EVER-RISING TUITION: This time it’s U.Va., per the Washington Post, “Undergraduate tuition and fees at the University of Virginia would rise 4.3 percent for Virginians in the coming year under a proposal the governing board will consider next week. The basic in-state price of the public flagship university, not counting room and board, would be $12,998 if the Board of Visitors approves the increase at its meeting Wednesday in the southwest Virginia town of Abingdon. The current price is $12,458.
“Board member Edward D. Miller said it was hard to justify the rate increase at a time when the national inflation rate is about 1.5 percent. Miller said he plans to oppose the proposal, and board member Helen E. Dragas expressed reservations about it. Miller acknowledged that it is likely to pass.” http://wapo.st/1leSf2c
GET OUT OF JAIL: And get out the vote, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to announce today that he will shrink the time violent felons must wait to seek reinstatement of their voting rights and will remove some offenses from that list.
“The policy slated to take effect April 21 comes on top of years of work to streamline the process, and aims to make the system easier to understand and to allow more felons to petition the state more quickly.” http://bit.ly/1pfzkdQ
UKRAINE: A tentative deal, per the New York Times, “The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening that called for armed pro-Russian bands in eastern Ukraine to surrender the government buildings they have seized and that outlined other steps to defuse a crisis that has rattled the international community.
“The diplomatic accord, while limited in scope, represented the first time Russia and Ukraine had found common ground since protests toppled a pro-Moscow government in Kiev, leading the Kremlin to annex the Crimean Peninsula and threaten other parts of Ukraine with 40,000 troops on its border. The deal came hours after Ukrainian security forces killed three pro-Russian activists in a firefight.” http://nyti.ms/1i1d0KT
MARIJUANA WARNING LABELS: Lest there be confusion, per the Denver Post, “A bill in the Colorado legislature to put extra safety restrictions on marijuana-infused edible products passed its first test Thursday. The bill would require marijuana edibles to eventually be made in a unique shape or with a unique stamp or color to differentiate them from other food products. It would be up to the state Department of Revenue to figure out the exact regulations and have them in place by 2016.
“The bill won unanimous approval in its first legislative committee hearing Thursday, but it still must survive several more votes in the session's closing weeks to make it to the governor's desk. Proponents of the bill, House Bill 1366, say it is needed to prevent accidental ingestion of marijuana-infused products — such as brownies or candies — once they are removed from their labeled packaging. Supporters say kids and adults alike have increasingly consumed marijuana products accidentally since the beginning of legal sales.” http://bit.ly/Qsdtjl
POLITICO PLAY: “House Democrats, battered by Koch brothers ads and facing a grim outlook for the midterms, are providing the clearest indication yet of how they plan to respond: By shoring up imperiled incumbents and only the most promising challengers, but most likely leaving some of the party’s upstart hopefuls to fend for themselves.
“The aim of the strategy, detailed in nearly two dozen interviews with party officials and strategists, is a tacit acknowledgement of the ominous political environment Democrats are up against this year. The goal is to stop Republicans from padding their 17-seat edge and keep the party within striking distance of the majority in 2016, a presidential election year that could well be more favorable to Democrats.” http://politi.co/1lcirid
OBAMACARE: Rolling along, per The Hill, “A defiant President Obama on Thursday announced that 8 million people have enrolled in ObamaCare plans while exhorting Democrats to “be proud” of what they’ve achieved.
“Holding an unscheduled press conference at the White House, Obama took a victory lap on the healthcare law and assailed Republicans as refusing "to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working." . . ."They said nobody would sign up. They were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country. They were wrong about that," Obama said.” http://bit.ly/QjsvZ5
PETER LABOY: And a gold medal, per ABC7-WJLA, “Alexandria police officer Peter Laboy’s road to recovery has been a long and difficult one. . ., beginning with the moment on February 27, 2013, when Laboy was shot in the head while making a traffic stop.
“. . .At Thursday’s Alexandria Valor Awards, Laboy received a gold medal – the highest honor for valor and heroism. Park Police Sergeant Kevin Chittick, the helicopter pilot who flew Laboy to MedStar Washington Hospital Center after quickly doing an emergency landing in a school playground, is receiving a bronze medal.” http://wj.la/1nt0yJ9
BICYCLE SHORTAGE: And bankruptcy, per City Paper, “Call it the butterfly effect of bike sharing: A bankruptcy and sale in Montreal could mean no new Capital Bikeshare bikes for a while here in D.C.
“In January, the Public Bike System Company, known as Bixi, filed for bankruptcy. Bixi supplies bikes for bike-sharing systems in 15 cities, including the District. On April 12, the Washington Post reported that the bankruptcy had halted purchases of new bikes and docking stations that could have expanded the Capital Bikeshare system in the District and into College Park.” http://bit.ly/PaXhCg
A RETURN: Of Pete Piringer, per Gazette.Net, “Having served nearly 40 years as the face of public safety in and around the nation’s capital, Pete Piringer has returned to Montgomery County with a flurry of tweets and a mission to engage the community — be they online or in neighborhoods. “They call me Tweety Peety,” Piringer joked.
“Piringer began his duties as Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service’s official spokesman on March 24. He has tweeted more than 400 times in less than a month on the job, averaging 20 tweets a day from his @mcfrsPIO account. “For us to be successful in keeping our community well and safe, we have to be engaged,” said Piringer.” http://bit.ly/PaXBRm
DOUBLE SHOT: Truly, per the Frederick News-Post, “A Frederick woman who faced panhandling and drug charges a little more than two weeks ago has now been charged with burglary. Lorrie Jenkins, 48, of the 1400 block of Key Parkway, was charged Wednesday after a man called Frederick police to report Jenkins broke into his home and demanded money, according to documents filed in Frederick County District Court.” http://bit.ly/1qSXCaO
D.C. LAWSUIT: Just the facts, per DCist, “Standing in front of the D.C. Superior Court before members of the media (Thursday) morning, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, along with Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and attorneys Karen L. Dunn and Brian D. Netter, announced that the D.C. Council has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Vince Gray and the city's Chief Financial Officer over the budget autonomy referendum.” http://bit.ly/1leXYoR
RUN AGROUND: Virginia Beach oceanfront has quite the big problem, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Efforts to move the grounded bulk carrier Ornak are scheduled to begin again Friday morning. Grounded near the 2800 block of Shore Drive since Tuesday night, the 751-foot ship will have ballast water pumped off the vessel in the morning and then tug boats will try to move it at high tide, around 10:45 a.m., according to a Coast Guard news release.
“Once the vessel is freed, it will be moved to Lynnhaven Anchorage for a hull inspection by a dive team. After the ship is deemed safe, it should be allowed back into service. The ship ran aground Tuesday night during a storm that featured wind gusts of about 60 mph. It was stuck in a little more than 15 feet of water a few hundred yards from where it had originally anchored.” http://bit.ly/1jai0iW
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 8-0 against St. Louis.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “After two tough weeks of searching for the remains of victims in the Washington mudslide, members of a canine team sent by Fairfax County returned home Thursday night. The rescuers say the job wasn't easy, but the dogs handled the situation remarkably well.” http://wj.la/1miGV6P
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- We'll discuss the D.C. Council's lawsuit against Mayor Vincent Gray with attorney Brian Netter.
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