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Bacon’s Rebellion on “Tobacco Patch Corruption”


Bacon’s Rebellion has an interesting discussion on corruption at the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.  It’s yet another example of “good government,” Republican style, this time the Jim “Drove Virginia Into a Ditch” Gilmore administration. Heckuva job!

John W. Forbes II, state secretary of finance under former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal wire fraud charges. It is by far the biggest scandal involving a state cabinet-level official in years.

The case also raises questions about a state entity that is supposed to use money obtained in a massive 1998 lawsuit settlement against four major tobacco companies for the public good.

Also, see Waldo Jaquith for commentary on this issue, including an important point: “That’s our money that was stolen by our secretary of finance.”

By the way, Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Scott) – 2005 Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore’s brother – is now the commission’s chairman. In addition, I’m told that Jerry Kilgore’s wife was the head of the commission when it was first created. Maybe they should rename this the Kilgore/Gilmore Good Government Commission?  Heh.

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  • Teddy Goodson

    to get rich off the government? Isn’t that the customary cronyism that goes with being a Republican elected/appointed official? Golly gee, when you’re in a position of power, then God loves you, if you’re a Republican, and anything you do cannot be a sin by definition. It’s a non-sin, or maybe an un-sin. The Republicans are supposed to be the Rulers, you see: they are entitled.

    So I guess Mr. Forbes right now is feeling put-upon; it must have been a liberal conspiracy that trapped him.

  • csgrzesiek

    Marty Kilgore is the Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (formerly the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation).  They are an entirely separate entity, and have done an amazing job of reducing and preventing youth tobacco use in Virginia.  In the original MSA distribution, they received a paltry 10% of the MSA payments (the Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission receives 50%, and 40% goes to the Health Care Trust Fund/Medicaid).  Last year, their share was cut to 8.5% even though their mission doubled to include childhood obesity prevention.  It’s also important to note that the small amount given to VFHY (I think around $11 million for this fiscal year) is the only state funding Virginia spends on tobacco prevention or cessation.  

    I’d encourage you to check out their accomplishments at http://healthyyouthva.org