Possible Hillary Clinton VP Pick Under Scrutiny for Past Gifts

Tim Kaine accepted more than $160,000 worth of gifts while in Va. statehouse.

But a spokesman today defended the Democrat’s actions while he was in the Virginia statehouse in Richmond. “Sen. Kaine went beyond the requirements of Virginia law, even publicly disclosing gifts of value beneath the reporting threshold. He’s confident that he met both the letter and the spirit of Virginia’s ethical standards,” the spokesman said in a statement.

The statement was in reaction to a story, posted by Politico, that summarized the disclosures Kaine made from 2001 to 2009. Other people, including the conservative NRO commentator Jim Geraghty in 2013, previously wrote about the same gifts.

Dominion also flew him from Virginia to Indianapolis for the 2006 NCAA Final Four game after he reportedly missed his commercial flight there because he was attending the funeral of a former colleague.

He also disclosed the free use of a vacation home, owned by investor James B. Murray, on the tony West Indies island of Mustique in 2005, which Kaine’s staff determined would be valued at $18,000.

The RNC added that Kaine, 58, was “exploiting Virginia’s lax ethics laws,” and sarcastically said, “He need not worry. As the front-runner to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Kaine would join a battle-tested political team that’s spent literally decades pushing back on stories of corruption, blurred ethical lines and accusations of pay to play.”