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RICHMOND (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell says his administration has never given any special treatment to a dietary supplement company that is under investigation.

McDonnell said on WTOP radio Tuesday he and first lady Maureen McDonnell have been friends with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams for four or five years.

The Republican governor says more than $100,000 in political contributions and thousands of dollars more in personal gifts have not won the company any state economic development incentives.

McDonnell says Williams helped pay for his daughter Cailin's wedding in 2011, giving her $15,000.

Star Scientific is facing a securities investigation.

The FBI is looking at the relationship between McDonnell and Williams, according to two people who spoke on condition of anonymity because their roles preclude them from talking publicly.

Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport Univ. in Newport News says governor McDonnell should 'cash out' and go into consulting in reference to his future in politics.

'Scandals like this roll out for a long time,' he said. 'I really do think we're going to be talking about four to five months from now.'

He also said but it doesn't pass the test with Virginians who consider $15,000 a lot of money to be gifted.

Kidd also pointed out that even though Star Scientific is not a company that would be eligible for a state contract, the payoff for Williams would be a friendlier environment when it comes to meeting rules and regulations within the state.

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