McDonnell Problems Hit Cuccinelli Too

You may be watching the gathering storm around Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, a graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University and a serious right wing nutjob, with as much glee as I am. But it looks like his problem of taking major kickbacks and benefits from a controversial company in his state may hit his handpicked successor, Ken Cuccinelli, as well.

Star Scientific Inc. is a controversial Virginia-based company that has moved from tobacco to dietary supplement manufacturing. As Williams, the company’s CEO since 1999, gave gifts and campaign cash to McDonnell, the governor and his wife helped to promote the company’s scientifically-unproven supplements.

Though as of 2012, Star Scientific has reported annual losses for a decade, just one Virginia elected official or candidate invested upwards of $10,000 in the company: Cuccinelli. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Star Scientific is the only significant holding he has reported since his first filing in 2003. Cuccinelli, whose position makes him the Commonwealth of Virginia’s lawyer, did not follow state disclosure law and disclose this investment in a timely manner. After the controversy became public, he sold off the stock.

Cuccinelli also initially failed to fully disclose the gifts he received from Williams — omissions he called “inadvertent.” Williams provided the attorney general with free lodging at his homes, $6,711 worth of supplements, transportation to New York City and Kentucky, and an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner. All totaled, Cuccinelli reported accepting at least $18,893 in gifts from Williams between 2009 and 2012.

If it’s in the supplement business, it’s almost certainly committing medical fraud as well.


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  • Al Dente

    Nothing will happen. This is a definite case of IOKIYAR.

  • brianwestley

    Oh c’mon, why should he have to report $6,711 in supplements if they don’t work?

  • imback
  • jameshanley

    company that has moved from tobacco to dietary supplement manufacturing.

    I think I have an idea what the main ingredient in those supplements might be.

  • From tobacco to supplements? Did they not find a way to squeeze asbestos healing bracelets in there somewhere?

    For those who don’t remember, Cuccinelli is the wingnut who launched a harassment campaign against climate scientists, which he saw as his right because they had accepted funding from the state of Virginia. So you know he’s an idiot and fraud. Anything that keeps him out of office, or better yet off the streets, is good for the universe.

  • Nemo

    I’m hoping, as this unfolds, that there’s just enough time for this to destroy Cuccinelli’s campaign before the election, but not enough time for the Republicans to get a substitute candidate in. It’s a fine line.

  • sailor1031

    A fine line indeed – especially as McAuliffe is such a lousy candidate and isn’t doing much to help his own campaign.