Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) took $55,000 in campaign contributions from the U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA) founder Bobby Thompson before it was revealed that the USNVA was quite possibly a scam that existed solely for the personal enrichment of one Bobby Thompson. After his fellow state Republicans discovered it, they hastily turned around and gave the tainted donations to actual non-profits that help individual veterans. Not Cuccinelli, though: he insisted on keeping them even as he told reporters that he also would not be initiating any investigation into Thompson or USNVA.This issue is really simple. Ordinary Americans--many of them Navy veterans themselves--donated money to an organization that turned out to be a fraud. They donated that money for the purpose of helping Navy veterans--many of them wounded veterans of the War on Terror. Bobby Thompson, a con man, stole that money and used that money for his own purposes.
Now it so happens that Bobby Thompson, in addition to being a crook, is a conservative Republican. So one of the things this con man spent the money on was political donations to Republican candidates. Now to their credit, nearly every Republican who received money from Bobby Thompson has since donated that money to a real Navy charity so the money that was originally intended to help Navy veterans actually does help Navy veterans. Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell, very much to his credit, acted very quickly to ensure that the $5,000 he received from Bobby Thompson was donated to a real Navy back on May 17, 2010--more than a month ago.
But Ken Cuccinelli continues to drag his feet and make excuses, ensuring that the money a con man diverted from wounded Navy veterans still remains in one of Ken Cuccinelli's campaign accounts.