How in the hell does an attorney not face disbarment and perhaps criminal charges when he diverts public funds so he can get special recognition for an event that’s going to happen soon after an election in which he is on the ballot? Seriously, is the Virginia Bar Association completely asleep, or is my suspicion that they simply provide the appearance of policing their members rather than demonstrating any actual interest in ensuring the reputation of their profession?
From the BOCS Agenda of November 29th, 2011:
Donate - $5,000 from FY 2012 Brentsville Magisterial District Funds to the Hylton Performing Arts Center to Sponsor the Leahy Family Christmas Concert – Supervisor Covington
From the Hylton Center’s calendar page for the event:
This Leahy Family Christmas performance is Sponsored by Supervisor Wally Covington.
Funny how those taxpayer dollars suddenly morphed into the personal property of an elected official so he could burnish his reputation and stature right before voters cast their ballots. Next time he ought to at least comply with campaign finance reporting laws and declare this money as a campaign contribution, which it most certainly was. The only problem with that is receiving a campaign contribution from public funds would be a felony offense in Virginia. Covington, being an attorney, would have a hard time claiming ignorance that he was breaking the law here.
His chat with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which I have been told is displaying a keen interest in the county’s slush fund scandal, should be rather interesting.
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