(AP) — New filings with the IRS show that the legal defense fund set up for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell raised more than $11,000 last year.
The biggest donor was Stanley F. Baldwin, a Virginia Beach attorney who started the fund last July to help cover some of McDonnell’s legal fees.
The biggest expense was $1,875 for the fund’s website.
The website lists some of the donations made in January, which total more than $5,000.
Meanwhile, lawyers for McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are set to square off with prosecutors next week over who the former first couple can speak with prior to their July trial on corruption charges.
A federal magistrate judge has set a hearing for Monday at 10 a.m.
Lawyers for the McDonnells want to clarify an earlier order prohibiting them from speaking to potential witnesses. The defense wants that order to exclude family members and longtime friends.
But prosecutors want to limit those exceptions to just family members. And the government doesn’t want the McDonnells talking about their case with family.
The McDonnells’ lawyers called the government’s position draconian and asked for a hearing to sort out the issue.
After a lengthy federal investigation, the McDonnells were indicted earlier this month on federal corruption charges.
Prosecutors said the former first couple illegally helped a CEO of a dietary supplement maker promote his products in exchange for loans and lavish gifts. The McDonnells have denied any illegal activity.