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Mitt Romney Donates Cash For Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's Criminal Defense

McDonnell's defense fund raised almost $150,000 in first quarter.

Patch file photo of McDonnell introducing Mitt Romney.
Patch file photo of McDonnell introducing Mitt Romney.
Former Massachusetts governor and losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney has contributed $10,000 to help former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell fight criminal charges. 

The Associated Press reports that McDonnell's legal defense fund raised nearly $150,000 during the first quarter of this year, far short of the $1 million-plus the fund’s founder has said is needed.

McDonnell endorsed Romney prior to the South Carolina primary in for the GOP nomination for president.

In addition to Romney's donation, coal baron Richard Baxter Gilliam gave $50,000, the single biggest donation, the AP reported.

Most of the more than 40 reported donors gave in smaller amounts. A handful of donors were from out of state.

“It’s significant that a lot of Virginians and a lot of Americans are standing with Bob McDonnell during this difficult time,” said Jason Miyares, a spokesman for the legal defense fund.

The former Republican governor is charged with his wife, Maureen, in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is set to begin in July.


rbud April 23, 2014 at 06:25 PM
The wealthy and powerful protecting their own. McDonnell made a shameful mess of the VA gov's office, a hurt that may last for decades. He ought to take his licks and move on, begging forgiveness from the electorate.
Frederick C. Cassiday April 24, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Ex Gov. Transvaginal needs to man up and take his punishment, which is the public spectacle of a corruption trial without getting funds from every foolish political supporter to line his lawyers pockets.

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