RICHMOND — Fresh from their nominations at Virginia's Republican statewide convention in May, the party's nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general were jetted across Virginia courtesy of a car title lending company.
The Virginia Public Access Project shows gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli and attorney general nominee Mark Obenshain reported in-kind contributions of $9,000 each from Select Management Resources LLC, which operates as Loan Max outlets in Virginia.
E.W. Jackson, the GOP's nominee for lieutenant governor, was also on the three-day airborne blitz to cities across Virginia to introduce the Republican ticket to voters. VPAP has no record that Jackson listed the trip as a donation.
Campaign spokesman Chris Merola said in response to an email from The Associated Press that he would inquire with Jackson's treasurer Friday about the matter.
Jackson has previously run afoul of the State Board of Elections by failing to identify individual contributors or lenders to his campaign by their deadlines.
In his campaign finance report covering May 30 through June 30, which was due last month, Jackson failed to itemize $48,155.54 worth of contributions of $100 or more that by law must be itemized with information about the donor, instead listing it as a donation from his own campaign. It made up 41 percent of the $118,508 he reported raising in total during the period.
Jackson later amended his report, adding in missing itemized givers. In the process, he corrected his total raised for the period of $141,823, according to VPAP, the nonprofit and nonpartisan tracker of money in Virginia politics.
A month earlier, he was fined $100 by the SBE for waiting too long to report a $25,000 loan to his campaign.
Jackson, a conservative minister who once said women's health and abortion provider Planned Parenthood had been more lethal to black lives than the Ku Klux Klan and called the Democratic Party "anti-God," faces Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam in the Nov. 5 election.
The overlooked disclosures come at a sensitive time for Virginia's Republican Party, which has been stung by reports that Gov. Bob McDonnell failed to disclose more than $145,000 in loans and personal gifts from Jonnie Williams, a major McDonnell political donor and chief executive of a nutritional supplements. McDonnell, citing Virginia ethics laws ranked among the nation's weakest, said state laws compelled him only to list gifts given directly to him, not his family.
Cuccinelli also took about $18,000 from Williams and his company, some of which he disclosed when required while others waited years. In April, Cuccinelli amended four years' worth of statements of economic interest to include gifts received years earlier, including a $3,000 family vacation and $1,500 family Thanksgiving dinner at a luxury lodge Williams owns beside Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.