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Several States To Receive Bonus For Negotiating Settlement

States that played leading roles in negotiating the multi-state tobacco settlement will receive bonus payments from an $8.6 billion "strategic contribution fund."

Washington state will receive a $100 million bonus because Attorney General Christine Gregoire led the negotiating team for the states. The $100 million bonus is on top of a $394.9 million award to Washington state in March.

In addition, Massachusetts will receive an additional $55.6 million on top of $358.6 million already awarded to the state.

"Washington, Massachusettes Get Tobacco Deal Bonus," ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 24, 1999.