Bob McDonnell

Former Republican Governor of Virginia

Bob McDonnell - Former Republican Governor of Virginia

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell speaking at the 2010 CPACVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell speaking at the 2010 CPACBy: Gage Skidmore

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  • Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were charged in Federal Court for illegally accepting thousands of dollars in gifts, vacations, and loans from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for special treatment from the Governor. McDonnell is the first Governor to face federal charges in Virginia's long history. Update: Governor McDonnell was convicted on 11 counts. He will be sentenced on January 6th, 2015.
  • Eric Finkbeiner, a former senior policy adviser to Governor Bob McDonnell, was arrested for assault and violating a protective order. Mr. Finkbeiner, who spearheaded the governors failed effort to privatize Virginia's ABC stores, was charged with four counts of assault and three charges of violating a protective order.
  • Federal authorities began questioning people close to the McDonnells as an outgrowth of a securities probe of Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc. They said FBI agents have asked questions about gifts the McDonnells have received from company CEO Jonnie Williams and whether the Republican governor or his administration aided the company in return.
  • Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is being investigated by the FBI regarding his connections with a major campaign donor that is also under investigation for questionable securities transactions. The FBI is looking into a $15,000 catering bill that campaign donor Jonnie R. Williams Sr. paid at Mr. McDonnell's daughters wedding, as well as various undisclosed gifts that Mr. McDonnell's wife received from Mr. Williams.
  • Virginia Republicans jammed through a redistricting map when a leading Democrat in the Virginian Senate was attending President Obama's 2nd Inaugural in Washington, D.C. The Virginia Senate is split evenly, but when State Sen. Harry Marsh was gone, the Republicans capitalized on his absence and rammed through the plan as the unsuspecting Democrats could do nothing to stop it. Governor McDonnell hasn't signed the bill yet, but has hinted that he will.

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