(CNN) – Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli picked a frenetic news day to announce he has given $18,000 to a Richmond-based charity in an attempt to allay criticism over gifts he received from the CEO of Star Scientific.
In a video posted to his website Tuesday, Cuccinelli said that he made the donation to an unnamed charity in recent days without saying when the check was written.
"I did this to resolve any questions surrounding the matter concerning Star Scientific," Cuccinelli said.
"I made the decision to send the check because it is the right thing to do, plain and simple."
Cuccinelli, the state attorney general, has been criticized for receiving gifts from Star Scientific by his Democratic rival for the governor's office, businessman and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
"For those who've been disappointed in this situation or how I've handled it, I apologize. It's been a humbling set of lessons for me," Cuccinelli said in the video announcing his donation.
Star Scientific and its CEO, Jonnie Williams Sr., whom Cuccinelli did not mention by name, are currently embroiled in a gift-giving controversy with outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. An ongoing federal investigation is currently looking into whether McDonnell improperly received more than $100,000 in gifts from the pharmaceutical company.
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McDonnell has denied wrongdoing. In July, the one-term Republican announced that he would be returning all the gifts he received. Virginia governors cannot serve consecutive terms.
A national Democratic super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century, was quick to respond to Cuccinelli's announcement by pointing out how long it has taken him to return the money.
In his statement, Cuccinelli said that the delay owed to the time it took to raise the funds.
"This is something that I would have liked to have done sooner, but like most Virginians, writing a check for $18,000 is not a simple matter for my family and me," Cuccinelli said.