June, 5, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released emails show that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell attended an event at the Executive Mansion to promote a new product from a generous campaign donor despite concerns from top aides.
The emails were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post.
They don't reveal whether the aides expressed concern directly to the governor. But they show aides questioned whether he should attend the 2011 luncheon to launch a dietary supplement made by Virginia-based Star Scientific. They also show efforts by aides to play down the appearance.
Federal authorities are looking into the relationship between Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams and the McDonnells. Star has donated more than $100,000 to McDonnell's campaigns, and Williams paid $15,000 for the catering at his daughter's 2011 wedding.
McDonnell has denied any wrongdoing, and spokesman Tucker Martin had no comment late Tuesday.
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