Va. Gov: No Special Favors for Company in Probe

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell says his administration has never given any special treatment to a dietary supplement company that is under investigation.

McDonnell said on WTOP radio Tuesday he and first lady Maureen McDonnell have been friends with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams for four or five years. The Republican governor says more than $100,000 in political contributions and thousands of dollars more in personal gifts have not won the company any state economic development incentives.

McDonnell says Williams helped pay for his daughter Cailin's wedding in 2011, giving her $15,000.

Star Scientific is facing a securities investigation.

The FBI is looking at the relationship between McDonnell and Williams, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity because their roles preclude them from talking publicly.


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