ALEXANDRIA—One of the names in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s list of new board appointments — which are often rolled out in the not-so-hot news cycle of a Friday afternoon — also happens to be a big spender on McDonnell’s campaigns.
John M. Jacquemin of McLean, president and CEO of Mooring Financial Corporation in Vienna, has funneled nearly $100,000 into McDonnell’s campaigns over the last few years, according to records from the Virginia Public Access Project. And according to a news release issued by the governor’s office at roughly 1:40 p.m., when most people are trying to wrap up their work weeks and get to their weekends, he’s also the newest member of the George Mason University Board of Visitors.
“The governor looks for the best and brightest to serve on Virginia boards and commissions,” wrote Paul Logan, a spokesman for McDonnell, in an emailed statement. “Mr. Jacquemin has the leadership and business background that the governor believes will be an excellent fit for the board.”
In 2009, when Jacquemin was listed among the prestigious Virginia 100 in Virginia Business Magazine, his net worth was an estimated $80 million.
Since 2009, he has donated $75,000 to McDonnell’s Opportunity Virginia PAC, $17,500 for McDonnell for Governor and $5,000 for the McDonnell Inaugural Committee. Since 1999, he has also donated roughly $36,000 to other — almost entirely Republican — political campaigns, including Bolling for Governor, according to VPAP.
— Kathryn Watson