Federal prosecutors say former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his corruption convictions doesn't present any arguments strong enough to warrant allowing him to remain free on bail.

McDonnell is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a judge's decision denying bail while he appeals his convictions.

In a response filed late Wednesday, prosecutors said McDonnell's claim that the judge defined an "official act" too broadly doesn't present a close question that is likely to result in reversal of his convictions.

A jury last year found McDonnell and his wife Maureen guilty of taking gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in exchange for promoting his products.

Bob McDonnell is scheduled to begin his two-year prison term Feb. 9. Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced Feb. 20.