- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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.

The top five donors were Va. Uranium ($120,336), Dominion Power ($16,916), Jonnie R. Williams Sr ($15,233). Alexander B. McMurtrie Jr. ($12,322) and the State of Taiwan ($11,000).

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.