RICHMOND, Va. — Donations to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund dried up following his conviction on corruption charges in September, newly released documents show.
The fund raised only $3,240 in the last three months of 2014, according to forms it submitted Thursday to the IRS. By comparison, the fund raised $320,000 in the three previous quarters combined. Named the “Restoration Fund,” it has reported raising $334,000 since it was created last year by some of McDonnell’s supporters while the then-governor was under investigation by federal authorities. McDonnell was indicted last January, and a jury found him and his wife, Maureen, guilty in September of taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in exchange for promoting his products.
In previous quarters, the fund had reported large donations from big names. In the first part of 2014, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney gave $10,000, as did Fred Malek, a veteran Republican fundraiser. Coal baron Richard Baxter Gilliam gave $50,000.
But the largest single donation reported in the most recent quarter was $250.
A spokesman for the fund did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Virginia Beach attorney Stanley Baldwin, the fund’s founder, sent out a fundraising appeal last year indicating that the McDonnells’ defense cost would top $1 million.
McDonnell was sentenced last week to spend two years in prison, a sentence scheduled to start next month. But McDonnell’s legal expenses are likely to continue to accumulate as he tries to stay out of prison while appealing the verdicts. His lawyers filed a notice of appeal earlier this week.
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