For a while, the revelations of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s financial non-disclosures were like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. The spigot was opened a bit with the revelation of the $6,500 Rolex watch and even wider with the Final Four trip. Last night’s bombshell Washington Post report, carried in both The Virginian-Pilot and The Richmond Times-Dispatch today, blew the spigot to smithereens. Forget a trickle, this is a flood.
A prominent political donor gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister last year, and the governor did not disclose the money as a gift or loan, according to people with knowledge of the payments.
The donor, wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., also gave a previously unknown $50,000 check to the governor’s wife, Maureen, in 2011, the people said.
The money to the corporation and Maureen McDonnell brings to $145,000 the amount Williams gave to assist the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012
I watched this interview of McDonnell broadcast last night. Although it took place before the Post article, when you combine it with the early evening announcement that the governor had cleared his public schedule for today, you have to wonder what he knew in advance about it.
Up til now, McDonnell has said that he has complied with Virginia’s rather lax campaign disclosure laws. It appears now that is not the case. More than that, I have to wonder what else is left to be disclosed. After all, would the feds be looking into things if it were just violations of Virginia’s laws?
As I said last week, this reflects poorly on Virginia. If McDonnell didn’t clear his calendar to announce his resignation today, it might be a good use of his time. His houses in Virginia Beach aren’t the only things under water.