Virginia Uranium’ s lavish gifts to law-makers
Va. Uranium tops in 2011 gifts to state lawmakers, By David Sherfinski-The Washington Times, February 7, 2012 Virginia Uranium, which is pushing to mine a 119 million-pound deposit in southside Pittsyvania County, gave more than $120,000 in gifts and trips last year to state lawmakers — tops in Virginia — according to figures released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.
Lawmakers reported receiving a total of nearly a quarter million dollars’ worth of gifts.
The top five donors were Va. Uranium ($120,336) , Dominion Power ($16,916), Jonnie R. Williams Sr ($15,233). Alexander B. McMurtrie Jr. ($12,322) and the State of Taiwan ($11,000.)
Virginia Uranium flew 15 lawmakers to examine mines on fact-finding missions in France and/or Canada. Among the lawmakers were Delegate
Mamye BaCote, Hampton Democrat; Sen. Mamie E. Locke, Hampton Democrat;
Sen. L. Louise Lucas, Portsmouth Democrat, Delegate James P. Massie
III, Henrico Republican, and Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler, Southampton
Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II reported receiving “a box of
a food supplement” valued at $6,711, $3,254 for transportation to a
meeting in Kentucky, and $3,000 for “the use of a lake house and a
boat” from Mr. Williams.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican, reported $2,268 for “lodging and
entertainment” from Mr. Williams.
Other gifts that legislators reported included Redskins, U.S. Open and
college basketball tickets. Dominion spent $1,288 for Delegate Joseph
D. Morrissey, Henrico Democrat, to attend last year’s NCAA Final Four
basketball tournament, in which Virginia Commonwealth University
Taiwan spent $5,500 for Mr. Morrissey and Delegate Scott A. Surovell,
Fairfax Democrat, to take a trip there.
in addition, the American Turkish Friendship Association paid for
three Northern Virginia lawmakers to go to Turkey: Delegate David L.
Englin, Alexandria Democrat; Delegates David L. Bulova, Fairfax
Democrat; and Sen. David W. Marsden, Fairfax Democrat.
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