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Dems: Contribution to Cuccinelli tainted

Story by Chris Graham

The Democratic Party of Virginia called upon Attorney General Cuccinelli to donate $55,500 from his political committee and investigate the U.S. Navy Veterans Association in light of a Roanoke Times investigation that revealed questionable dealings of a group known as the Navy Veterans Association.

The Times story comes on the heels of a six-month investigation by the St. Petersburg Times, which revealed the so-called charitable organization was operating under unusual practices.

A contribution from Bobby Thompson, the professed director of US Navy Vets, in the amount of $50,000 was made to the Cuccinelli attorney-general campaign in August 2009.

“The attorney general should contribute this money to a real veterans group immediately,” Democratic Party of Virginia executive director David Mills said. “It is absolutely wrong for him to do otherwise, in light of this investigation. Virginians will not stand for their elected officials accepting money from individuals who are suspected of using America’s veterans for personal gain.”