Tuesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) apologized for bringing embarrassment to his state by accepting tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts and about $120,000 in loans from a controversial tobacco executive. But though his actions are the subject of a federal grand jury and a state investigation, cable news largely ignored this story — opting instead to focus on the sex life of a former Congressman.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Tuesday that he had repaid about $120,000 in loans from to tobacco executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and apologized for the embarrassment he brought to the Commonwealth of Virginia. McDonnell had previously insisted he had done nothing wrong in accepting major gifts from the Star Scientific CEO.
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In 2012, Virginia's Republican-controlled legislature enacted a budget provision that effectively forced the state's tax department to outsource its refund system to a debit card company, claiming it would save the government hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.