Friends and supporters,
As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Governor McDonnell’s case this April, and we need your help because there is so much at stake: not just for Bob, but for all public officials and campaign contributors in the country.
According to a VERY prominent group of former federal officials, the outcome of Bob’s case could very well affect the day-to-day functioning of our democratic government.
The members of the group are: John Ashcroft (U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator), Gregory B. Craig (Counsel to President Obama), Lanny J. Davis (Special White House Counsel under President Bill Clinton), Fred F. Fielding (Counsel to Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush), Thomas M. Davis (U.S. Representative), Mark Filip (U.S. Attorney General (Acting) and Deputy Attorney General), C. Boyden Gray (Counsel to President George H. W. Bush), Harry Litman (U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General), James P. Moran (U.S. Representative), Michael B. Mukasey (U.S. Attorney General), Theodore B. Olson (Solicitor General, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel), John M. Quinn (Counsel to President Clinton) and Larry Dean Thompson (Deputy U.S. Attorney General).
In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, these officials argue that the law should NOT subject government officials to the threat of prosecution for “engaging in innocent conduct that occurs on a routine basis.”
However, the officials contend that in Bob’s trial, the district court did just that – erroneously expanding the meaning of “official act” “far beyond its accepted meaning.” This is legally wrong, the officials state.
If allowed to stand, they write, the district court’s ruling will have “potentially damaging practical consequences for the ability of elected and appointed officials effectively to perform their duties” – duties that “are essential to the day-to-day functioning of our democratic government.” They argue that the district court’s approach would “interfere with the ability of federal officials to interact with constituents and other members of the public free from apprehension that conduct long accepted as permissible may trigger a criminal investigation and prosecution.”
The brief concludes with the federal officials asking the Court to reject the district court’s legally erroneous interpretation of what constitutes an official act.
As we prepare to make this argument in front of the nation’s highest court, we need your help to raise our goal of $1 million, which will allow us to make the very best presentation possible. The federal government has unlimited taxpayer resources to prosecute Gov. McDonnell and his wife, but all the McDonnell family has are 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 need your help now, as the Supreme Court will likely rule by June. Please help us win this fight today!