Tis the Season

Financial reports came out yesterday for members of the General Assembly. Considering the grief experienced by Bob McDonnell arising from gifts, the reports are a bit surprising. Compared to 2010, when Bob took office, the gifts reported for his last year (the one with all the trouble) did not consistently trend one way or the other. For a few of our NoVa legislators, here are the totals:

2013 2010
Greason 2872 9858
Comstock 2149 3057
Ramadan 1155 0
Minchew 863 0
Favola 5434 8207
LeMunyon 1963 521
Plum 2479 6497
Rust 6232 3283
Surovell 1373 103
Vogel 576 298

Some took more, some took less. Maybe the 2014 reports will be more telling, as the governor’s real troubles came to light roughly mid-year. The details of what’s in those 2013 totals are below the fold.

Greason American Legislative Exchange Council 1086
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 719
Va Chamber of Commerce 570
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 202
State & Federal Communications 138
University of Virginia 106
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 2872
Comstock Altria 720
Va Chamber of Commerce 475
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 202
Capital One 175
Nova Technology Council 158
Old Dominion Highway Contractors Assn 126
Inova Health System 100
Transurban USA Inc 90
Va Bankers Assn 52
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 2149
Ramadan Va Chamber of Commerce 584
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 219
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 202
Inova Health System 99
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 1155
Minchew Va Chamber of Commerce 385
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 202
Old Dominion Highway Contractors Assn 126
Inova Health System 99
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 863
Black Altria 306
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 219
Va Chamber of Commerce 192
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 768
Favola Arlington Community Foundation 600
Va Assn of Counties 562
Va League of Conservation Voters 500
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 440
Arlington Chamber of Commerce 400
Leadership Arlington 350
Arlington Free Clinic 300
PRS Inc 300
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 200
A-SPAN 200
Hunton & Williams 189
Child & Family Network Center 180
Signature Theatre 180
Nova Area Labor Federation 150
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue 150
Altria 132
Old Dominion Highway Contractors Assn 126
Inova Health System 99
Capital One 94
Transurban USA Inc 90
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington 75
McGuire Woods 66
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 5434
LeMunyon Foundation for Excellence in Education 900
Va Chamber of Commerce 687
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 219
Nova Technology Council 106
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 1963
Plum Va Horse Council 960
Va Chamber of Commerce 302
Dell Computers 295
Va League of Conservation Voters 250
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 219
Inova Health System 200
Asian American Chamber of Commerce 150
Dominion 52
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 2479
Rust Va Chamber of Commerce 687
Va Free 600
Nova Community Foundation 600
Inova Health System 599
Dell Computers 550
Dominion 541
VW International 500
Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation 300
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 219
Dulles Chamber of Commerce 210
Herndon-Reston FISH 170
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce 150
University of Virginia 130
Old Dominion Highway Contractors Assn 126
Committee for Dulles 110
Virginia Tech 100
Titan America 90
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 89
Va Agribusiness Council 75
Korean American Assn of Nova 75
Va Seafood Council 60
Wawa Inc 51
International Institute of Islamic Thought 50
Cox Communications of Nova 50
Medical Society of Va 50
Moroccan American Network 50
TOTAL 6232
Surovell Va League of Conservation Voters 250
Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc 219
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 202
Va Bar Assn 185
Sea World Parks & Entertainment LLC 150
Ourisman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Of Alexandria 150
Inova Health System 99
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield 67
Wawa Inc 51
TOTAL 1373
Vogel Va State Police Assn 265
Va Hospitality & Travel Assn 202
Garofalo Artisan Liqueurs 57
Wawa Inc 52
TOTAL 576

Most of these are dinners or other events. Some are trips. Of course, tickets to football and basketball games are in there as well.

No doubt you are wondering why everyone has a modest amount reported from “Wawa Inc.” That one was a “cooler.” (No idea why Senator Jill Vogel’s was worth a dollar more than everybody else’s.)

Giving gifts to legislators is as old as kissing babies. Still, while a few banquets worth a hundred bucks each are probably not enough to challenge any decent official’s commitment to integrity, does anyone really believe that some of these donors are handing out basketball tickets totaling thousands of dollars out of a sense of personal affection? The people hosting those banquets like it when elected officials come, as it lends a sense of grandeur to an event. The officials, likewise, can interact with the citizens who are there, finding out what drew them to the event and what they might do to support the cause of the evening.

But… basketball? Really?

 

Author: FirewallNOVA Left

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