Virginia Gov. Uses Taxpayer Dollars To Pay For Detox Cleanses, Dry Cleaning

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife used taxpayer dollars to pay for a variety of personal items and errands, the Washington Post reported Sunday. 

Spending records obtained by the Post show that among the McDonnells’ personal expenses billed to the state are purchases of body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins and a “detox cleanse” for the digestive system. State employees were also dispatched to pick up the family’s dry cleaning and tailoring.

The Post’s investigation of personal expenses covered by the state over the family’s 3 1/2 year stay in the Governor’s mansion showed that the McDonnells did pay back the state for at least some purchases, although the state only released 16 sales receipts. A spokesman declined to tell the Post why other receipts were not released.

The FBI, along with a federal grand jury, is currently investigating McDonnell’s daughter Cailin’s $15,000 wedding catering tab.

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