(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Office of Governor Bob
McDonnell and received via electronic mail. The release was
confirmed by the sender.)
July 18, 2013
External Report Finds Star Scientific Received No State
Commitments or Awards During Governor McDonnell’s Administration
RICHMOND - Former Democratic Attorney General Tony Troy today
released the findings of an external audit conducted to
determine whether Star Scientific or Jonnie Williams received
any appointments, funds, grants or contracts from the state.
Due to the previously stated conflict, the Office of the
Attorney General appointed Tony Troy and his firm Eckert Seamans
as special counsel to provide legal services that would
otherwise be provided by the Office of the Attorney General.
In a letter sent to the governor’s office regarding the audit,
Troy writes, “Based on my review, there have been no public
funds, grants, or contracts from the agencies discussed below to
Star Scientific. Likewise, there have been no gubernatorial
appointments made to Jonnie Williams or any officer of Star
A copy of the letter sent to the governor’s office is attached.
Contact: Taylor Thornley Keeney
Phone: (804) 225-4260
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