BOB MCDONNELL LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER TO COVER LEGAL EXPENSES
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today launched a $250,000 Kickstarter campaign in an effort to “get out ahead of any legal expenses, plus maybe stash a few thou in the ‘go-bag’ I keep in my hall closet.”
McDonnell is seeking to raise funds so he can “defend himself vigorously” against charges that he and his wife received an obscene amount of cash and gifts from Richmond-area businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., CEO of dietary supplement maker Star Scientific, in exchange for using his influence as Governor to boost the fortunes of the company.
“To call these lavish gifts ‘bribes’ is to demean the beautiful friendship my family and I enjoyed with Mr Williams,” said the Governor. “Although it’s also true that we don’t speak to him anymore since the gifts dried up.”
Among the rewards being offered by McDonnell to his Kickstarter donors:
Pledge $10,000 or more: Receive a man’s Rolex watch, engraved with the words “Who’s Your Daddy? Love, JRW, Sr.” (limit one)
Pledge $5,000 or more: Receive a lightly worn Oscar de la Renta suede jacket direct from the closest of Virginia’s First Lady (limit one)
Pledge $2,500 or more: Receive an “as-new” Luis Vuitton leather handbag (may need some restitching due to a minor altercation with investigators) (limit one)
At the lower end of the scale, McDonnell has set aside rewards for even the smallest donors, for example:
Pledge $25 or more: Receive a novelty “Re-Elect Senator Clay Davis to the Maryland State Senate” T-shirt (limit one).
“Did you ever watch The Wire?” McDonnell added wistfully. “Sheeeeeeeee-it, that guy was good. At one time I even thought I was as smooth as him.”
For more on McDonnell’s legal woes: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gov-mcdonnell-described-as-aware-of-gifts-from-virginia-businessman/2013/08/31/f2739284-0f3e-11e3-85b6-d27422650fd5_story.html
Additional coverage on Wink Progress: http://winkprogress.com/thedailyedge/3168/i-know-who-my-friends-are-says-virginia-gov-mcdonnell-from-behind-a-stack-of-gifts/
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