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VA Democrats push McDonnell, Cuccinelli for gift info


The top Democratic leadership in Virginia is pushing for Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to disclose more information about their relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

Senator Donald McEachin say he is submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to Cuccinelli's office to learn more about the Attorney General's relationship with Williams.  

Democratic leaders also held a conference all Wednesday morning asking both Cuccinelli and McDonnell for full disclosure in the ongoing case. They called on Cuccinelli to disclose his involvement with Williams and to reveal what he knew about his relationship with the governor. They are also asking the governor to reveal exactly what he has received from Williams.

The calls from Democrats come as the Washington Post reports Governor McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, took as much as $120,000 from Williams and never reported the information. The newspaper report claims a real estate company run by the governor and his sister took a $70,000 loan from Williams and Maureen McDonnell took a check for $50,000.

That brings the grand total of gifts and benefits provided by Williams to the first family to $145,000. None of this money was disclosed.

McDonnell has been dogged by his connection to Williams for the past several months. It started when it was revealed Williams paid $15,000 to cater the McDonnell's daughter's wedding. That opened the door to more revelations about trips funded by Williams and other gifts given, including an expensive Rolex watch.

McDonnell is the subject of a federal investigation into his ties to wealthy donors. He has repeatedly said he did not give Star Scientific any special benefit.

The revelations are not the only problems the McDonnells are dealing with. The governor's son Sean McDonnell was arrested and charged with public intoxication in Charlottesville Saturday. The charge is a misdemeanor and is scheduled to be heard in court in August.

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