Reports Cite More Iffy Gifts to Va. Governor

Plus, a public drunkenness charge for McDonnell's son

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 2:12 PM CDT

(Newser) – The investigation into the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Jonnie R. Williams Sr., CEO of Star Scientific, continues, with a new $130,000 reveal. Williams gave $70,000 to a McDonnell-owned corporation last year, another $50,000 to McDonnell's wife, Maureen, in 2011, and $10,000 to McDonnell's daughter in December, sources tell the Washington Post. The governor didn't disclose any of those amounts. Previously revealed gifts included another "wedding gift" for McDonnell's daughter and a $6,500 Rolex, among other things.

More unpleasantness for the McDonnell family: Sean McDonnell, the governor's 21-year-old son, was busted early Saturday on a public drunkenness charge, the Daily Progress reports. Police found him intoxicated in Charlottesville, where he attends the University of Virginia. And, facing pressure over the misuse of Executive Mansion resources for his family, McDonnell recently paid the state $2,400 to reimburse it for food and household supplies his kids used, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Specifically, McDonnell has been accused of sending things like paper towels and laundry detergent back to college with his children.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell dances with his wife, Maureen, during his inaugural ball  in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell dances with his wife, Maureen, during his inaugural ball in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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