Politics

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's Spending Scandal Gets Worse

| by Amanda Schallert
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The questionable spending decisions of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife continue to surface, as the couple reportedly bought dog vitamins and sunscreen using taxpayer money.

These accusations arose during an F.B.I. investigation and seven-week-long string of exposures of the governor’s dishonest actions. The offenses include a $15,000 catering bill for his daughter’s wedding and an $80,000 bill for corporate jet travelling fees — which covered his wife’s promotion of a dietary supplement — all paid for by a political donor, according to the New York Times.

The McDonnell family’s former personal chef, Todd Schneider, first alerted the public to McDonnell’s daughter’s $15,000 catering bill. The governor said he did not report the gift from campaign donor Jonnie R. Williams Sr. because it was reportedly a gift solely to his daughter.

Williams donated more than $120,000 to the governor’s campaigns, and F.B.I. agents have questioned members of the Executive Mansion on multiple occasions about the governor’s financial dealings and firendship with Williams, per the New York Times. 

McDonnell and his wife have billed the state less than $600 overall, according to the Huffington Post. But the receipts showed the governor allowed the taxpayer money to repeatedly be used to cover personal items such as nasal spray and sleep aids.

The McDonnells also had state employees take care of personal errands for their children, according to the Huffington Post.

Schneider, who is charged with taking food from the Executive Mansion, is set to go on trial in October — three weeks before the next governor’s election, according to the New York Times. If the trial takes place, the sentiments and news it resurfaces may affect the public’s opinion of Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor, who is similarly friends with Williams, according to the New York Times.

McDonnell was noted as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Sources: Huffington PostNew York Times