Cuccinelli finally gives away Navy Vets’ money

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he’ll give the money he got from a suspect charity director to charity. Cuccinelli took in $55,000 from U.S. Navy Veterans Association boss Bobby Thompson during last year’s campaign. The Navy Vets has been under scrutiny in several states, including Cuccinelli’s. The other big Virginia pols who got money from Thompson washed the bucks out of their coffers back in May, after press reports about probes into the nonprofit’s finances. Cuccinelli held on to his, until now. Last month, Cuccinelli’s rival in the 2009 race reported that twice accepted campaign contributions from Thompson and then proposed changes in regulation that would help Thompson and the Navy Vets. More recently, Thompson’s lawyers and Cuccinelli’s staffers have been unable to find the A.G.’s benefactor. From the Washington Post: We were practicing the principle of presumed innocence with Bobby Thompson, awaiting proof from law enforcement that the money he had given the campaign was either a legitimate donation or was not his to give,” Cuccinelli said in the statement. “With Mr. Thompson’s recent disappearance and apparent unwillingness to maintain contact with his own attorneys, it seems that he does not wish to defend himself or the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.”

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Cuccinelli finally gives away Navy Vets' money

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