Va. Gov. McDonnell Allegedly Received $120,000 More From Donor

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The political donor whose gifts to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) are the subject of a federal probe also gave $70,000 last year to a corporation belonging to McDonnell and his sister, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. 

People with knowledge of the payments told the Post that McDonnell did not disclose the money from Star Scientific, Inc.’s chief executive, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., as either a gift or loan. The sources also said that Williams gave a $50,000 check to the governor’s wife Maureen in 2011 and a $10,000 check to daughter Jeanine in December to go towards the cost of her wedding, according to the Post.

Those gifts bring the total that Williams gave to the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012 to $145,000, according to the Post.

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