The only limit on gifts to public officials is a requirement that they disclose the swag, but McDonnell found it’s easy to avoid that rule.
The latest revelation about the June 2011 wedding of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s daughter makes it all the harder to swallow his explanation that a businessman’s $15,000 check to cover the catering was a gift to her, not him — so, by law, he needn’t have reported it. And didn’t.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported it had obtained documents showing McDonnell had signed the catering contract, assuming financial responsibility, and had put down almost $8,000 in deposits.
Even before that story broke, the smell was building around the poached jumbo shrimp served courtesy of Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
On Monday, McDonnell spoke directly to reporters for the first time about the catering payment, but wouldn’t answer questions about whether Williams had given other gifts to his family.