McDonnell Snake Oil Scandal

McDonnell Snake Oil Scandal

Maw & Paw McDonnell, former First Couple of the Old Dominion, have been indicted by a Federal grand jury of taking cash, luxury gifts and expensive vacations from a snake oil salesman while in office then lying about it, committing wire fraud, and obstructing the investigation into it. 12 of the 14 counts are punishable by up to 20 years and 2 for 30 years in prison, and there are fines of up to $1 million.

Mr. McDonnell has distinguished himself from other Virginia governors — Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Monroe — as the first in history to be indicted for his actions during his term in office. Of course he had help. Whist residing in Richmond’s historic Executive Mansion, Mrs. McDonnell actively endorsed and hawked the useless quack patent nostrums.

Arraignment in U.S. District Court in Richmond is scheduled for Friday. But whatever the legal outcome, the real scandal is that decent, affordable medical care is denied to many Virginians and other Americans but it’s perfectly legal to sell them worthless pseudo “healthcare” crap as long you call it a (wink-wink) “nutritional supplement.”


“Ex-Governor of Virginia Is Indicted on Charges Over Loans and Gifts,” Trip Gabriel,New York Times

“Indictments provide new details of dealings between Williams, McDonnells,” Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post

“Here’s Why Bob McDonnell Just Got Indicted,”  Dana Liebelson and Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

“Timeline: McDonnell’s involvement with Star Scientific,” Washington Post

“The Eight Juiciest Revelations From The Bob McDonnell Indictment,” Eric Lach, Talking Points Memo Muckracker

“Bob McDonnell was a man in denial about legal risks of taking gifts,” Robert McCartney, Washington Post


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