- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund raised more than $136,000 during the first half of 2015, bringing the total raised to about $470,000.

A report recently filed with the Internal Revenue Service shows that the “Restoration Fund” raised $136,444 and spent nearly $40,000.

The fund rebounded from a poorer fourth quarter in 2014, when it raised $3,240 after McDonnell’s conviction on corruption charge. Virginia Beach attorney Stanley Baldwin, the fund’s founder, sent out a fundraising appeal last year indicating that defense costs would top $1 million for McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The McDonnells were found guilty last year of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in exchange for promoting his projects. Both have been sentenced to prison but are free pending appeals.

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