McDonnell's defense fund still flush with cash


Finance reports show former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal defense fund raised about $20,000 during the last quarter of 2016. Supporters created the fund in 2013 for McDonnell, who was convicted of public corruption but had his sentence overturned by a unanimous Supreme Court in June. The reports collected by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan money-in-politics tracker, also show around $36,000 of expenses during last year's fourth quarter. The majority of that went to legal, accounting and banking fees, and $10,000 went to the IRS for a late filing fee, according to the filings. The fund reported $554,010 cash on hand as of the end of 2016. McDonnell has since rejoined a Virginia Beach law firm and is teaching at Regent University.

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