Looking at Governor McDonnell’s statements of Economic Interests since 2008, I am struck by the all the fun things a Governor gets to do, courtesy of the state and friends in high places. While the Governor’s salary is not exorbitant at $175,000, there are definitely some nice perks. It takes many years of hard work to reach the office of Governor. It’s nice that there are some rewards for all that work.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership paid for some expensive trips both nationally and internationally:
London and Ireland $11,288
Asia $14,812, plus a similar amount for the First Lady
Israel $9,806, plus a similar amount for the First Lady
Paris Air Show $12,151
According to the Washington Post, during McDonnell’s first 18 months in office he spent over $200,000 traveling in the state’s two planes and 4 helicopters. Story here.
The Redskins gave the McDonnells $19,000 worth of tickets and another company, S.J. Strategic Investments, gave the family another $8,940 in Redskins tickets.
Lots of private plane trips along with other fun and interesting gifts can be found on the documents here.