McDonnell and his wife reportedly received additional $120,000 from donor

Federal officials are investigating whether a donor gave improper gifts to the Virginia governor and his family

By Jillian Rayfield
Published July 10, 2013 1:49PM (EDT)

In addition to paying for the catering at Bob McDonnell's daughter's wedding, a donor also reportedly gave an additional $120,000 to the Virginia governor and his wife. The money, which was not disclosed by McDonnell as a gift, amounted to $70,000 for a corporation owned by McDonnell and his sister, and a $50,000 check given to McDonnell's wife, according to Washington Post sources.

From the Post:

The money to the corporation and Maureen McDonnell brings to $145,000 the amount Williams gave to assist the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012 — funds that are now at the center of federal and state investigations.

Williams, the chief executive of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific Inc., also provided a $10,000 check in December as a present to McDonnell’s eldest daughter, Jeanine, intended to help defray costs at her May 2013 wedding, the people said.

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