New website details gifts Cuccinelli “forgot” to disclose
WASHINGTON — This past week has been one Ken Cuccinelli would like to forget. But unfortunately for him, what he actually forgot was $13,000 in previously undisclosed gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams.
After finally admitting that his office had a conflict of interest in the prosecution of Star Scientific, the matter grew even more complicated for Cuccinelli when it came to light that he failed to disclose thousands of dollars in gifts from the embattled CEO.
In order to help the attorney general, and the people of Virginia, remember the many generous gifts he has received from Williams, American Bridge 21st Century has created a new Tumblr, GiftsForKen.com. Here, one can find details about the gifts Cuccinelli received from Williams and Star Scientific, including:
Two vacations at Williams’ lake house, valued collectively at $4,500.
A trip to New York City.
$6,711 in food supplements.
“With Ken Cuccinelli running full time for a new job his ability to perform his current one continues to suffer,” said American Bridge president Rodell Mollineau. “While every politician forgets something every now and again is it asking too much for the Attorney General of Virginia to remember the basic principles of ethics and obeying the law?” When confronted about the failure to initially disclose the gifts, Cuccinelli responded, “What can I tell you?” Considered in contrast with Terry McAuliffe’s proposal to ban gifts for Virginia elected officials, Virginia voters deserve a better answer than “I forgot.”
Published: Apr 29, 2013