The brazenness of politicians demanding bribes makes you wonder how deep the corruption goes
What kind of system do you have to live in to think it's normal to demand people give you rolexes and take you on fifteen grand shopping sprees?
Maureen McDonnell called Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. on April 11 and asked him to take her on a shopping trip to New York to buy a dress by designer Oscar de la Renta. The first lady explained that she was attending a political event at the Union League Club in New York two days later and promised to get Williams seated next to McDonnell (R). On the shopping trip, Williams accompanied the first lady to numerous designer stores and spent $10,999 at Oscar de la Renta, more than $5,500 at Louis Vuitton and roughly $2,604 at Bergdorf Goodman for dresses and accessories that McDonnell said she needed for her daughter’s wedding and for her own anniversary party. Williams was seated next to the governor at the Union League Club event.
Maureen McDonnell arranged a private meeting at the governor’s mansion for Williams, during which she explained that she and her husband were having “severe financial difficulties.” She asked Williams for a $50,000 loan and said she could assist Star Scientific but needed his financial help. She also told Williams that she and her husband were having trouble paying for their daughter’s upcoming wedding and would like $15,000 to cover the remaining catering costs. Williams insisted on talking directly to the governor, who explained that the rental income on some investment properties was not covering their bills and said he would appreciate a loan over a two-year term at 5 percent interest. Williams agreed and said there was no need for formal loan papers.