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Va. Uranium tops in 2011 gifts to state lawmakers
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Virginia Uranium, which is pushing to mine a 119 million-pound deposit in southside Pittsyvania County, gave more than $120,000 in gifts and trips last year to state lawmakers — tops in Virginia — according to figures from the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.
Lawmakers reported receiving a total of nearly a quarter million dollars’ worth of gifts.
Virginia Uranium flew 15 lawmakers to examine mines on fact-finding missions in France and/or Canada. Among the lawmakers were Delegate Mamye BaCote, Hampton Democrat; Sen. Mamie E. Locke, Hampton Democrat; Sen. L. Louise Lucas, Portsmouth Democrat, Delegate James P. Massie III, Henrico Republican, and Delegate Roslyn C. Tyler, Southampton Democrat.
Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II reported receiving “a box of a food supplement” valued at $6,711, $3,254 for transportation to a meeting in Kentucky, and $3,000 for “the use of a lake house and a boat” from Mr. Williams.
Gov. Bob McDonnell, Republican, reported $2,268 for “lodging and entertainment” from Mr. Williams.
Other gifts that legislators reported included Redskins, U.S. Open and college basketball tickets.
Dominion spent $1,288 for Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey, Henrico Democrat, to attend last year’s NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, in which Virginia Commonwealth University played.
Taiwan spent $5,500 for Mr. Morrissey and Delegate Scott A. Surovell, Fairfax Democrat, to take a trip there.
in addition, the American Turkish Friendship Association paid for three Northern Virginia lawmakers to go to Turkey: Delegate David L. Englin, Alexandria Democrat; Delegates David L. Bulova, Fairfax Democrat; and Sen. David W. Marsden, Fairfax Democrat.
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