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Undisclosed loans from political donors has garnered criticism for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
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Undisclosed loans from political donors has garnered criticism for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's finished returning gifts from a major political donor who gave his family thousands of dollars in gratuities in the past four years.

McDonnell made the statement in an interview with the Associated Press on board a state aircraft. He said his private attorney notified him that all tangible gifts from donor Jonnie Williams have been returned. 

Williams is the chief executive of Star Scientific — a dietary supplement maker. He gave the Virginia governor and his family nearly $125,000 in loans as well as thousands of dollars in gifts, including picking up a $15,000 catering tab for the wedding of one of McDonnell's daughters.

It was reported last week that McDonnell was restructuring loans on his private residence to raise the money needed. His daughter returned the wedding gift last month.

McDonnell did not report the gifts on financial disclosure statements.  He has cited state law that only requires disclosing gifts given directly to officeholders, not members of their families.

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