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Virginia governor's rich 'friend' lands him in hot water
Virginia governor's rich 'friend' lands him in hot water

A lot of people who work in D.C. live in Virginia, so a scandal involving lavish gifts to that state’s governor is an honorary Inside-the-Beltway story. But what’s fascinating is that the largesse shown to Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family by a wealthy businessman doesn’t seem to have gotten him much (if any) favored treatment by the state. We already knew that Johnnie Williams, the chief executive of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific Inc., had spent $15,000 on catering for the wedding of one of McDonnell’s daughters and had paid $6,500 for a Rolex watch presented to the governor by his wife. But wait! There’s more. This week, the Washington...

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