Virginia governor embroiled in scandal as new allegations of corruption come to light
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is now facing further corruption allegations, The Washington Post reports.
Anonymous sources now claim that the commonwealth’s governor failed to disclose a $70,000 gift from a major political donor, wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams, Sr., to his corporation, in addition to an undisclosed $50,000 check given to his wife. Williams also allegedly gave the governor’s family $25,000 to help defray the costs of two weddings.
State and federal officials are now investigating a total of $145,000 in undisclosed donations and under-the-table gifts.
Williams, the CEO of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific, gave McDonnell a Rolex two weeks after a meeting with a major state health official to pitch his company’s products. The meeting was arranged by Virginia’s first lady Maureen McDonnell.
Last week, state Sen. J. Chapman Petersen sent a letter to the governor, asking him to explain and return the gifts, or step down.
McDonnell recently reimbursed the state for $2,400 of taxpayer funds he spent on various food and health supplies after heavy legal and public pressure.
Per Virginia law, the scandal-ridden McDonnell will not seek a second term and will leave the governor’s mansion in 2013.