With so many stories of political corruption and campaign fraud floating around, it’s always encouraging for America to hear about generous politicians.
For example, former President Donald Trump donated his salary to numerous organizations around the country during his tenure, often giving it to national parks, law enforcement, and other national treasures.
Now, a newly elected Governor is taking a page from Trump’s book.
Many called it the upset of 2021: Republican upstart Glenn Youngkin stormed back from an early deficit and defeated Democrat incumbent Terry McAuliffe in Virginia.
It represented a significant changing of the guard in that state, as other high-ranking elected positions flipped red as well. At the time, Trump offered his congratulations on Youngkin’s surprise victory.
And perhaps as an homage, Youngkin is turning around and donating his entire first quarter salary.
He’s handing it to a very fitting recipient, especially with the country emerging from a long-running pandemic. First responders have had an extremely difficult few years, after all.
From Fox News:
Virginia’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced on Wednesday that he is donating his first quarter salary to a group that provides support to first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
His Q1 salary comes to $43,750, and it’s all going to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program.
According to their website, it’s a group that’s “dedicated to helping law enforcement officers and first responders who have undergone traumatic critical incidents in the line of duty or in their personal lives.”
Youngkin is actually following up on a campaign promise here — during his run to the governorship, he promised to donate the entirety of his $175,000 annual salary to charities and other organizations.
As many say, Youngkin doesn’t need it: after a career as an investment banker, he has a net worth of $300 million.
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Even so, it isn’t common that elected officials give away their entire income, and the VLEAP will certainly appreciate this windfall of a donation. Said Youngkin in a statement:
I pledged to serve our Commonwealth without accepting a salary because I want to continue giving back to the Commonwealth and helping Virginians in every way I can.
I have chosen to donate my salary to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) because of their important mission to assist law enforcement personnel and first responders who have undergone traumatic critical incidents.
The Governor added that this move highlights his “ongoing commitment to support our men and women in law enforcement.”
To date, the VLEAP has served over 500 officers from more than 60 Virginia agencies, and will continue to provide great service for the residents of Virginia. Undoubtedly, Youngkin’s contribution will help.
Youngkin remains tremendously popular among conservative voters in the state, though it’s hard to imagine anyone having a problem with this goodwill act.