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VaNews for Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell weighs in on Northam controversy


As the current political turmoil in Richmond continues to unfold, News 3 sat down with a former governor who's been under the glare of the media spotlight. Bob McDonnell was convicted of corruption in 2014, only to have the Supreme Court later unanimously overturn that conviction.

VaNews February 9, 2019

Governor's political fundraising outpaces predecessors

Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's political fundraising has outpaced his two immediate predecessors. An analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that Northam raised $4.5 million between December 2017 and June of this year through various committees.

VaNews July 25, 2018

Virginia lawmakers attend fewest lobbyist-paid entertainment events since McDonnell case

By WILL HOUP , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Virginia lawmakers continue to shrink away from meals, galas and other entertainment occasions paid for by lobbyists – they attended less than half such events in 2016-2017 as they did three years ago. Data recently released from the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council shows a stark difference in what delegates and senators felt comfortable accepting before and after the corruption charges – convictions on which were later overturned – against former Gov. Bob McDonnell. At the same time, several law changes related to lobbyist entertainment have muddied the water in terms of comparing year to year.

VaNews September 8, 2017

Lawmakers facing corruption charges see hope in court ruling

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

Politicians accused of illegal influence peddling, bribe-taking and other crimes have been given fresh hope that a year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling will get them off the hook. Ever since the high court reversed a jury verdict against former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, and in doing so tweaked the legal definition of a corrupt act, a growing list of politicians including Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and others have used the ruling to try to win a new trial or force an end to their prosecutions.

VaNews August 13, 2017

N.J. Senator Menendez Seeks Dismissal of Corruption Case


Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey has asked a federal judge to throw out his indictment for corruption, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of conduct that can lead to such prosecutions. Lawyers for the senator in a court filing on Tuesday pointed to the June 2016 Supreme Court decision that overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

VaNews July 20, 2017

Silver May Start ‘Parade of Horribles’ Out of McDonnell Case, Critics Say

By ALAN FEUER, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 1 to 2 articles a month)

There was a time when political corruption might have been described — as a former Supreme Court justice once said of pornography — as something you knew when you saw it. But last summer, after the court issued a landmark decision overturning the graft conviction of Bob McDonnell, the onetime governor of Virginia, it became much harder to define what it meant for a politician to partake in an illegal quid pro quo.

VaNews July 17, 2017

Bob McDonnell effect: The bar is getting higher to prosecute public corruption cases

By MATT ZAPOTOSKY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A federal appeals court’s decision to overturn the convictions of former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver shows how public corruption cases have become much more difficult to substantiate in the wake of a Supreme Court decision narrowing what qualifies as corruption, legal analysts said.

VaNews July 14, 2017

Democrats blast Gillespie for criticizing bipartisan transportation deal


Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has taken to blasting GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell’s 2013 transportation funding package as “the largest tax increase in Virginia history” on the campaign trail. That’s not sitting well with an unlikely constituency: Prince William County Democrats.

VaNews July 11, 2017

Gillespie rails against transportation deal that was McDonnell's key achievement

By MICHAEL MARTZ AND PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie wants you to know that Democratic candidate Ralph S. Northam voted for “the largest tax increase in Virginia history.” But Gillespie is conveniently leaving out a big detail. The $6 billion 2013 funding package he’s talking about was the signature policy accomplishment of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, which McDonnell and GOP leadership called a mechanism for providing much-needed transportation improvements in Virginia.

VaNews July 10, 2017

New Disclosure Forms Show Lasting Impact of McDonnell Case


Gifts. Every member of the General Assembly is offered an unending parade of them, everything from coffee mugs and award statues to fancy meals and booze. But ever since former Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted of accepting gifts in exchange for official acts, something has changed in Richmond. Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says new disclosure forms show that conviction changed how lawmakers think about gifts.

VaNews July 6, 2017