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Entries in Bob McDonnell (10)


Shruti Shah and Marian Currinder: Friends don't shower money and gifts on friends

Recently U.S. Senator Robert Menendez joined the (growing) list of politicians who have managed to beat back corruption charges despite engaging in ethically questionable behavior.

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Gov. McDonnell and the Supremes: Corruption by any other name is still corruption

The Supreme Court of the United States is currently finalizing its review of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2015 conviction, with the Court’s opinion expected at the end of June.

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After Gov. McDonnell (Part Two): Virginia's toothless conflict of interest laws

The State Integrity Project found that Virginia's ethics laws are among the least effective of the states for deterring corruption. The analysis cited Virginia’s weak conflict of interest laws, and found that those laws essentially have no bite.

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TI releases 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index: Action needed in the U.S. and other countries

Transparency International released its 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today, available here. The 2014 CPI ranks 175 countries based on the perceptions of public sector corruption. Denmark is at the top of the list with a CPI score of 92. Similar to the last several years, North Korea and Somalia are at the bottom of the list, scoring 8 each.

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Bob and Maureen McDonnell convicted on multiple counts

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife Maureen sobbed in federal court when a jury convicted them Thursday of corruption following a five week trial that at times resembled a TV soap opera.

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In ‘soap-operatic’ McDonnell trial, Bob throws wife under the bus

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell took the witness stand in his corruption trial in Richmond this week, building the defense that he couldn't have been in a criminal conspiracy with his wife Maureen because their 38-year marriage was so bad they hardly talked to each other.

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At corruption trial, former Virginia first lady portrayed as disturbed diva

Maureen McDonnell arrives at the federal courthouse in Richmond, VirginiaIn testimony Monday, a former top aide to the ex governor of Viriginia described the former first lady as a flirtatious, unstable bully with a quick temper.

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Former Virginia governor and wife indicted

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged in a federal indictment Tuesday with taking bribes from a businessman in exchange for political favors.

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Virginia’s Shamefully Inadequate Ethics Laws, Part III: Ethics Reform or Empty Promises? 

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (photo courtesy of I discussed in Parts I and II of this series, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are embroiled in significant ethics scandals that involve Star Scientific and Jonnie R. Williams. While these matters may be painful for the parties involved, there is a silver lining to these troubling violations of the public trust: vocal and potentially influential calls for reform.

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Virginia’s Shamefully Inadequate Ethics Laws, Part II: Disclosure Regime Deserves a Failing Grade 

Yesterday, in Part I of my series on Virginia’s ethics laws, I discussed the corruption scandal threatening to end Governor Bob McDonnell’s political career. . . .

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