By David Hylton
With his name being mentioned as a possible pick as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee, gifts that Tim Kaine accepted as Virginia's lieutenant governor and governor are under the microscope.
Politico reports that the now U.S. senator took advantage of the Commonwealth's gift laws to receive an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to the NCAA Final Four to watch George Mason University play.
Overall, Kaine reported more than $160,000 between 2001 and 2009, mostly for travel to political events. Those gifts including those from a drug company that eventually purchased a facility and electric powerhouse Dominion, the Virginia Public Access Project reports.
Kaine's gifts were all legal, Politico says, and his staff says the gifts did not contain any suggestion of a trade for official favors.
"During his eight years as lieutenant governor and governor, Sen. Kaine went beyond the requirements of Virginia law, even publicly disclosing gifts of value beneath the reporting threshold," a Kaine spokesperson told Political. "He's confident that he met both the letter and the spirit of Virginia’s ethical standards."