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Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli answers questions after a political science class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli answers questions after a political science class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has given a Richmond charity $18,000, the same value of gifts he accepted from a troubled nutritional supplements maker and its CEO.

Cuccinelli announced in a video to his political supporters that he has written a personal check to Cross Over Ministry. He said he will not be reimbursed.

"For those who’ve been disappointed in this situation or how I’ve handled it, I apologize. It’s been a humbling set of lessons for me," Cuccinelli said.

The Cross Over Ministry is a Christian organization which provides health care to the uninsured in Richmond area, according to their website.

Cuccinelli received $18,000 in gifts from Star Scientific and its CEO, Jonnie Williams. This included a $3,000 vacation stay and a $1,500 Thanksgiving retreat and dinner at Williams' vacation home.

Just last month, he said he had no plans to return the gifts, saying that "there are some bells you can't un-ring." He said he concluded after hearing from supporters that the gifts were perceived as a problem for his gubernatorial campaign.

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