Bob McDonnell received $50,000 in gifts last year; Ken Cuccinelli got $9,000

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Last year, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had a hunting weekend paid for by one of Rick Santorum's biggest donors and Gov. Bob McDonnell received Redskins suite tickets valued at $19,000, courtesy of team owner Dan Snyder, according to 2012 economic interest statements released Wednesday.

The statements, filed annually by state office holders, provide insight into the wealth of officials and the perks of the job that aren't listed in the Constitution. Office holders must list any outside income and gifts received in the previous 12 months.

McDonnell's gifts totaled more than $50,000. He also benefited from $55,000 in travel expenses paid by others to attend events and economic development missions overseas.

Cuccinelli earned $30,000 from Crown Publishing for the book he's set to release next month, "The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty." Under gifts with a value greater than $50, he listed a tie tack from the Colonial Republican Women's Club worth $59 and tools valued at $309 from Quality Archery Designs. In all, his gifts were valued at $8,946.

Most of Cuccinelli's gifts came from Foster Freiss, the billionaire businessman who supported Rick Santorum during the Republican presidential primaries last year. Freiss paid $8,056 for Cuccinelli to partake in a Texas hunting trip and attend a football game.

McDonnell attended three sporting events last year on someone else's dime. The Washington Redskins treated McDonnell to a suite where seats were valued at $19,000.

The Colonial Athletic Association gave the Republican governor $644 in tickets to the men's basketball conference championships in Henrico. The University of Virginia also gave McDonnell $400 worth of tickets to attend the team's football game against Miami.

Glen Allen-based Star Scientific paid more than $7,300 for McDonnell to attend an event in Massachusetts. Cuccinelli happens to own stock in that company that's valued between $10,000 and $50,000.

Outside of his government job, McDonnell owns several rental property companies in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. One is valued at less than $50,000 and two are between $50,000 and $250,000.

The Washington Examiner also requested, but did not receive documents for Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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