CLC's Statement on DOJ Decision Not to Retry Bob McDonnell on Corruption Charges

Today’s announcement that prosecutors will not retry former Virginia Governor Bob  McDonnell on corruption charges is extremely disappointing and sends a strong signal that states must adopt strong campaign finance laws to prevent similar quid pro quo schemes from arising in their borders.

Tara Malloy, senior director, appellate litigation & strategy of the Campaign Legal Center, released the following statement:

“It is extremely disappointing that Gov. Bob McDonnell, who clearly abused his office and the public’s confidence, will face absolutely no penalty. Although the Supreme Court held that McDonnell’s prosecution had proceeded under faulty jury instructions, it in no way exonerated the governor or ruled out a retrial. The Department of Justice’s decision to drop the case signals to politicians nationwide that they can engage in pay-to-play politics with impunity and will give comfort to other officeholders currently facing public corruption charges. 

"Now, more than ever, states must make it a priority to protect and preserve the integrity of our democracy by passing strong gift laws and campaign finance laws, both of which are designed to prevent bribery schemes from hatching in the first place.”