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New Report Says Star Scientific Pressed Va. Government Officials

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In Virginia, a new report reveals that nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific asked senior officials in Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration to place the company's anti-inflammatory product, Anatabloc, on a list of items available to state employees on their health plan.

That's the finding of a state-appointed lawyer assigned to examine whether the company or chief executive Jonnie Williams received any monetary benefits from the state during McDonnell's term. Williams was a political donor to the governor's campaign and personal benefactor to McDonnell's family.

Democratic former Attorney General Anthony Troy's report concludes that neither Star Scientific nor Williams benefited from meetings with McDonnell cabinet members or their representatives.

Emails show McDonnell helped arrange a 2010 meeting for Williams with Virginia Health Secretary Bill Hazel to tout the product.

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