VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A legal defense fund has been established for Gov. Bob McDonnell by residents of Virginia Beach.
"Restoration Fund" was created Wednesday to aid Gov. McDonnell in legal expenses he may incur during court cases surrounding his time in office. Virginia Beach attorney Stanley Baldwin will chair the nonprofit corporation.
"We believe that Bob McDonnell has complied with the laws of Virginia as they relate to financial disclosures," Baldwin said. "For a decades-long public servant like Governor McDonnell, the legal fees being incurred by the investigations spurred by the case against the former mansion chef could be ruinous. The Governor's friends want to ensure that he can wage a vigorous defense and clear his good name. Bob McDonnell's over four decades of public service to Virginia and the nation, in the U.S. Army, as a prosecutor, Delegate, Attorney General and as Governor has always been one of leadership and conviction."
According to the nonprofit, the corporation will "operate as a political organization under section 527(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code." Hampton Roads businessman Tom Knox and Virginia Beach attorney Jason Miayres are other board members.
The organization said the fund will not accept contributions from any Virginia state employees, administration officials, board or commission appointees or those who personally has or is a major shareholder, director or executive of any entity with business before the Commonwealth.
McDonnell's spokesman Rich Galen confirmed the nonprofit had been established but refused to comment further, according to the Associated Press.
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