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From The New York Times:

Virginia’s attorney general has appointed an outside prosecutor to investigate Gov. Bob McDonnell’s financial disclosures, in a widening scandal over a political donor who wrote a $15,000 check for the wedding of the governor’s daughter, and who was also a benefactor of the attorney general.

It's almost funny, because both the VA Attorney General Cuccinelli and VA Governor McDonnell are up to their necks in this scandal. Both are good friends with the wealthy Republican benefactor Jonnie R. Williams, and it appears both received sketchy gifts from him.

More from the NYT:

Mr. Williams also gave gifts to Mr. Cuccinelli, including vacations at a lake house and a $1,500 catered Thanksgiving dinner, which Mr. Cuccinelli omitted from financial disclosure forms as required by law. He admitted the gifts, dating from 2010 and 2012, at a meeting with reporters on April 26, where he explained that he had inadvertently left them off his disclosure forms. The total value of gifts he accepted from Mr. Williams, including earlier ones he did disclose, is more than $18,000.

As Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor heats up against the Democratic nominee, Terry McAuliffe, he has sought to distance and distinguish his relationship with Mr. Williams from that of Mr. McDonnell’s. Mr. Cuccinelli said in April he had not seen Mr. Williams in nine months. At the time, he announced he was asking an outside attorney — Mr. Herring — to review his own statements of economic interest. “He did this on his own out of his desire for full transparency, so that another official would be in a position to provide an independent review,’’ Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Mr. Cuccinelli in the attorney general’s office, said on Wednesday.

Originally posted to Animal Nuz on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:29 PM PDT.

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