Except when the TV reporters do more legwork than the newspaper reporters and scoop everyone.
"While Sanford has not headlined a fundraiser specifically for McDonnell, the two were together at an event held in Northern Virginia on May 8th that led to a $750,000 windfall for the McDonnell campaign. The event was held by uber-fundraiser Fred Malek for the Executive Roundtable of the RGA. Sanford was there and McDonnell was also a guest. McDonnell left the fundraiser with a $750,000 donation from the RGA. You can see the details of the donation here. The event got a little bit of press prior to the event because Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was expected to attend, but then backed out. Sanford, ironically replaced her.
The McDonnell campaign confirms that both their candidate and Sanford were in attendance."
In the first quarter, 1.2 million of Bob's 2.2 million raised came from the RGA. Over half of his entire intake for the first three months of the year came from the RGA, which was chaired by Mark Sanford. That's before you even figure in this additional $750,000 which came in the next reporting period.
Bob has showed terrible judgment in coordinating his fundraising with the RGA. In 2005, McDonnell's late ads were financed by a shadow group that did not disclose its donors until after the election. Now this year- Bob is raising large checks through the RGA so he does not have to disclose the donors- he only discloses when RGA sends him the money in one big check. The sources of the money then must be found through RGA reports that are not always clear who is sending money to which candidates.
I don't think McDonnell is responsible for what Sanford did, and I don't think he should return the money. However, he should not be allowed to act as if Sanford was some distant figure he barely knew- the Governor showing terrible judgment today is Bob McDonnell's Sugar Daddy on this campaign. Or at least the guy he laundered money through to avoid our minimal campaign finance laws.