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Virginia Governor Mired In Controversy Over Gifts, Loans

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as having 2016 ambitions, is not having a good year. He's at the center of state and federal investigations involving $145,000 in questionable financial assistance from a political donor whose company McDonnell and his wife took steps to promote. That includes $15,000 to help pay for their daughter's wedding — a disclosure made by the former chef at the Executive Mansion, himself accused of stealing food.
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