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March 16, 2010; Washington Post | Being generous is one thing, but acting like you are generous because the law demands it is another. The Washington Post reports how Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell “has talked for the last couple of months about donating his excess inaugural funds to charity.” But as the Post notes: “The state law has changed and that’s now required.” After his election in 2005 as the state’s attorney general, McDonell transferred $280,000 in leftover inaugural funds to his political account—which the law permitted back then—and which helped his later run. This year—because he has no choice—McConnell will transfer $100,000 to charity.—Bruce Trachtenberg