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Va. taxpayers foot bill for Governor's legal defense

By Julie Newman
Published On: Jul 29 2013 10:39:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 10:06:52 AM CDT
Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. -

$53,000 -- that's how much Virginia taxpayers owe a private law firm after an investigation into Governor Bob McDonnell.

A Richmond, Virginia law firm sent two invoices in June to the republican governor's office for the more than three-month long inquiry.

The inquiry looked into gifts McDonnell’s family received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. The investigation ultimately cleared the governor of violating state law.

The bills represent a combined 225 and a half hours of work by the lawyers from April 26 through May 31.