Hillary Clinton has picked Virginian Senator Tim Kaine for her Veep nominee.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 23, 2016
Politico reports that Kaine has a gift scandal of his own, making him a kindred spirit for the Clinton Foundation scandal-tainted Clinton, Kaine accepted clothes, vacation as gifts:
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine took advantage of the state’s lax gift laws to receive an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA basketball Final Four during his years as lieutenant governor and governor, according to disclosures he filed.
Now a leading contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Kaine reported more than $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, mostly for travel to and from political events and conferences, according to disclosures compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. The givers included political supporters, a drug company that soon after bought a facility in Virginia, and Dominion, the state’s biggest provider of electricity.
While legal under Virginia’s unusually permissive ethics rules, the gifts could become attack-ad fodder after similar presents led to corruption charges for Gov. Bob McDonnell, whose conviction the Supreme Court overturned Monday. Republicans could also use the records to portray Kaine as part of the self-dealing establishment in a cycle animated by hostility toward the political class.
Jim Geraghty at National Review reported on Kaine’s receipt of gifts in 2013:
There was McDonnell’s immediate predecessor, Tim Kaine, now one of the state’s two senators:
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, accepted an $18,000 Caribbean vacation last year, putting him atop the list of Virginia elected officials who in 2005 accepted nearly $315,000 in gifts, trips, concert tickets and other gratuities from corporations, interest groups and wealthy persons. The newly elected governor’s winter getaway on Mustique — a private island playground for rock stars and royalty — was paid for by Albemarle County investor James B. Murray Jr.
Murray had contributed $41,000 to Kaine’s campaigns up to that point, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Kaine reappointed Murray to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Appointments.
The VPAP site reveals that since 2001, Kaine received $186,899 in gifts and travel – Redskins tickets, cases of wine, etc.
While he was governor, Kaine received $186,899 in gifts and travel – Redskins tickets, cases of wine, trips, etc. https://t.co/rtjwTEvWSa
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 23, 2016
Yeah but next to the Clintons making $57.5M while she was SecState, it's like he took home pens & a stapler. https://t.co/BAwHTaSz21
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) July 23, 2016
A Kaine-Pence debate: Hmm, that's one worth staying up for . . . .
— Lewis Amselem (@TheDiplomad) July 23, 2016
"Centrist" with 0% ACU rating. https://t.co/bwrT9LsctE
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 23, 2016
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) July 23, 2016
Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.