Herring on Cuccinelli's Failure to Disclose Gifts: No Laws Broken
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
A new report says Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli broke no laws after failing to disclose financial holdings and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Richmond prosecutor Mike Herring released the report Thursday morning.
Cuccinelli voluntarily appointed Richmond prosecutor Mike Herring in April to review his past four years of economic interest statements. Even though he didn't disclose thousands in Star Scientific stock and other gifts, Herring says Cuccinelli broke no conflict of interest laws.
The director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, Larry Sabato, says this is good news for Cuccinelli's campaign for governor, with one footnote.
"It's not a complete vindication though, because the report shows the sloppiness with which the attorney general treated his own gift reports, even under Virginia's very loose gift laws," Sabato said.
Herring does question Cuccinelli's repeated gift omissions from Williams, but says other disclosures suggest Cuccinelli was not attempting to hide the relationship.
The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign is now breathing a bit easier in light of this report - but Democrats aren't sitting quietly. They say Cuccinelli avoided prosecution because Virginia's ethics laws are too weak, and highlight the need for ethics reform.
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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