Governor McDonnell has repaid $124,000 in loans given to him and his family by a wealthy campaign donor, Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
This comes as federal and state authorities continue to investigate McDonnell's relationship with Williams.
McDonnell has been under fire since March, when details began to surface about unreported gifts and contributions made to the first family by Williams.
A report last week from McDonnell's state-appointed attorney Tony Troy said McDonnell had given no special treatment to Williams' dietary supplement company Star Scientific despite those gifts.
In a statement Tuesday, McDonnell's private legal team says he and his family have repaid more than $124,000 in loans from Williams - one to Maureen McDonnell in 2011, and two others to his family's real estate business in 2012.
Also in a statement Tuesday, McDonnell said, "I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I have brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens. I want you to know that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence."
McDonnell again maintains he has done nothing illegal, but this is the first time McDonnell has issued a public apology on this topic. It could be an attempt to get out in front of the issue, and establish more transparency, which could help him in the eyes of Virginians.
Numbers released a week ago show his approval rating has hit an all-time low in Virginia as a result of the recent gifts controversy.
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell
Governor McDonnell announced today that loans made to his wife and small family business by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams have been repaid in full.
"Being Governor of Virginia is the highest honor of my 37 years in public service. I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens. I want you to know that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence. I hope today's action is another step toward that end. Virginia has never been stronger and I plan to focus on creating even more jobs and facilitating greater opportunity during the last five months of my term as your Governor. Our work together on education, transportation, pension reform, voting rights and economic expansion has produced great results for Virginia," said Governor McDonnell.
The repayments include $52,278.17 for a loan made to Mrs. McDonnell in 2011 and $71,837.00 for two additional loans made to the small real estate business owned jointly by the Governor and his sister in 2012. The payments include both principal and interest
All monies used for repayment have come from the Governor, the family business itself, or his family.