UPDATES Overwhelming Support for former Governor Bob McDonnell


Last week, we learned that the US Supreme Court will hear Governor Bob McDonnell’s important case on April 27.

This week, we witnessed an unprecedented and incredible show of national support for Bob, when hundreds of the country’s top legal minds, scholars, political figures from both parties, business leaders, advocacy groups, civil rights leaders and other policy makers filed 13 compelling amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court – all stating that Bob’s conviction must be overturned.

The 13 amicus briefs include an array of interests representing virtually every sector of society. While 10 of the briefs had similar versions filed previously in the case, the number of notable signatories on those briefs has increased considerably and now includes:

  • 83 former state attorneys general from both political parties including 45 Democrats, 37 Republicans, and one Independent from 46 states, territories, and Washington, D.C.
  • The Republican Governors Association Policy Committee representing 33 current governors
  • 88 current and former Virginia legislators from both political parties
  • 233 business/policy leaders including numerous Presidents and CEO’s of major corporations, 3 former governors, and several members of Congress

Additionally, three NEW BRIEFS have been filed: one by civil rights leaders led by former NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, arguing that the statutes at issue are unconstitutionally vague and detailing the deep roots of the void-for-vagueness doctrine in persecuting disfavored minorities; another brief by the James Madison Center for Free Speech arguing that the Fourth Circuit’s decision threatens to upend the campaign finance system; and a third new brief was filed on behalf of wide-ranging public interest and advocacy groups, specifically the U.S. Justice Foundation, Citizens United Foundation, Gun Owners of America, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Institute on the Constitution, which argues that Congress lacks constitutional power to police purely local corruption.

Some of the most notable names signing the amicus briefs include:

  • Greg Craig, White House Counsel, President Obama (2009-2010)
  • Fred F. Fielding, White House Counsel, Presidents’ Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush (2007–2009 & 1981–1986)
  • John M. Quinn, White House Counsel, President Bill Clinton (1995-1997)
  • Boyden Gray, White House Counsel, President George H.W. Bush (1989–1993)
  • Lanny J. Davis, Special White House Counsel, Bill Clinton (1996–1998)
  • Ted Olson, Former US Solicitor General (2001-2004)
  • Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. Attorney General (2007-2009)
  • John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General (2001–2005), U.S. Senator (1995–2001), Governor (1985-1993)
  • Nancy Gertner, Former federal judge (Clinton-appointed) and current Harvard Law Senior Lecturer,
  • Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School’s Jesse Climenko Professor of Law & mentor to President Obama
  • John Jeffries, Former Dean and Current Distinguished Professor UVA School of Law
  • 33 current governors via the Republican Governors Association Policy Committee
  • Former Governors Haley Barbour, Sonny Perdue, and Jan Brewer
  • Current and Former United States Representatives Scott Rigell, Reid Ribble, Michelle Bachman, Jim Moran, and Tom Davis
  • Ben Jealous, Former President National NAACP
  • Corporate Presidents and CEOs Brad Antle, Joe Damico, Dennis Ellmer, Heywood Fralin, Edward Garcia, Richard Gilliam, William Goodwin, Thomas Gottwald, John Hager, Charles Hill, George Holm, Bobbie Kilberg, John Lawson, Gary LeClair, Gene Loving, Frederic Malek, Dario Marquez, Vince Mastracco, William McGee, Cheryl McLeskey, Donna Morea, Frederick Napolitano, Rob Quartel, Rod Rodriguez, Joel Rubin, Arthur Sandler, Bradley Schwartz, Robert Sledd, Bruce Thompson, Jim Ukrop, Michel Zajur
  • Current and Former University Presidents Keith Miller, Jerry Falwell, Carlos Campo, Pat Robertson, Gary Rhodes
  • Leading Virginia legislators: Speaker of the House William Howell, House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, House Deputy Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, House Republican Caucus Chairman Timothy Hugo, Senate President pro tempore Stephen D. Newman, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan T. McDougle, Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment, Senate Leader Emeritus Walter Stosch, House Courts Of Justice Chairman Dave Albo, Democratic Senators David Marsden, Charles Colgan, and Scott Surovell
  • Top Law Professors from 5 Virginia Law Schools

Friends, the court date is approaching very quickly.  As we prepare to make our argument, we really need your help to raise our goal of $1 million. The federal government has unlimited taxpayer resources to prosecute Gov. McDonnell and his wife, but the McDonnell family only has their own resources and the contributions of friends like you.

Please join us and make a difference by clicking on the DONATE button now. We urgently need your help to make the best presentation possible to the nation’s highest court.

Posted by
Cheryl McLeskey
President Restoration Fund