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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures during a press conference in Richmond, Va. Democrats object to the Republican gubernatorial candidate receiving gifts from political contributors.
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gestures during a press conference in Richmond, Va. Democrats object to the Republican gubernatorial candidate receiving gifts from political contributors.

Virginia Democrats are renewing demands that Republican Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli resign, in part because of gifts he received from a donor.

State Sen. Don McEachin and Del. David Toscano say Cuccinelli should resign after belatedly disclosing about $13,000 worth of gifts he claims he forgot to note in four years' worth of economic disclosure reports.

Three of them were from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of the nutritional supplement maker Star Scientific. They included a $3,000 vacation stay and $1,500 Thanksgiving retreat and dinner at Williams' Smith Mountain Lake vacation home.

"He just happened to forget thousands (of dollars) in gifts from the CEO who sued the state over unpaid taxes and in whose company he held stock," Toscano of Charlottesville, the House minority leader, told the Associated Press.

McEachin and Toscano say they will not urge Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe to disclose his full income tax returns, even though Cuccinelli did two weeks ago.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is also drawing criticism for his relationship to Williams. Two people close to a federal investigation say the FBI is looking into the relationship the company and its chief executive have with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife.

The people asked not to be identified because their roles in the case preclude them from speaking publicly. They say the FBI began questioning people close to the McDonnells as an outgrowth of a securities probe of Virginia-based Star Scientific.

Court documents show Williams paid $15,000 toward catering for the governor's daughter's wedding in June 2011.

A spokesman for McDonnell did not immediately return messages seeking comment. An FBI spokeswoman also refused to comment Monday night.

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