Douglass Explains Accepting Donations from Uranium Executives

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

October 26, 2012

Fifth District Congressional Candidate, John Douglass, says that he is the candidate who will help Virginia families. He has released many ads criticizing his opponent, Congressman Robert Hurt, about his ties to uranium executives, which is why CBS19 asked Douglass, about the donations he accepted himself, from two uranium executives.

Douglass says the two uranium company executives he accepted $4,000 from, are his good friends and that he did not know about their affiliations.

"We didn't realize that they had any connection to the uranium other than the fact that they're in the Richmond business. These are old Navy friends of ours, both of them worked with me when I was Assistant Secretary of the Navy, so we really didn't think about the connection," Douglass said.

He said these types of things do come up in elections and he says he believes they dealt with it the right way and the ethical way.

"As soon as we found out we decided to give the money to groups opposing uranium mining. We thought that would be the most significant way to show people that aren't going to take any money from anybody who has anything to do with uranium," he said.

Some people say their opinion of Douglass has not changed at all because of this.

everybody has friends and you might think know everything about them but you don't. i have best friends that i'm still finding out things about my best friends and i've known them for 30 years," said Fluvanna resident, Chris Braxton.

Others aren't so sure about the information that has come out.

"If they were that close of friendsfrom the navy, how could you not know they were affiliated," said Tracey Hopkins, a Fluvanna resident. "Giving the money or a donation to the charity was definitely the right move but will it change people's opinion about him? We'll have to wait and see."

Douglass says he is confident that the next 11 days will bring more excitement and more momentum to the democrats.

"We show people that when we way something we mean it and that's how things are done in the military, your word is your bond and we feel very strongly that Mr. Hurt should do the same thing."

After the rally at the Fluvanna County Obama Campaign office on Friday, Douglass continues on his 23-stop tour until election day.

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