RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has given a Richmond charity $18,000, the same value of gifts he accepted from a troubled nutritional supplements maker and its CEO.
Cuccinelli will announce Tuesday afternoon in a video to his political supporters that he has written a personal check to Cross Over Ministry. He said he will not be reimbursed.
Cuccinelli received $18,000 in gifts from Star Scientific and its CEO, Jonnie Williams. He said he concluded after hearing from supporters that the gifts were perceived as a problem for his gubernatorial campaign.
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Terry McAuliffe's campaign released the following statement on Cuccinelli's Star Scientific Gifts Scandal:
"Ken Cuccinelli has led the most scandal-plagued Attorney General's office in recent memory - his tenure defined by scandal and conflicts that embarrass Virginia like Star Scientific, Bobby Thompson and helping out-of-state energy companies in their battle against Virginia landowners," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin. "Cuccinelli's pattern of ethical behavior is always the same: get caught in scandals, do nothing for months, and then buckle to pressure for his own political reasons. Cuccinelli's actions today are a reminder that he failed to seriously pursue Star Scientific for the $1.7 million they owed in back taxes at the same time that he was taking lavish gifts, luxury vacations and extravagant meals from the company's CEO."
Ken Cuccinelli released a video message, speaking about the donation. To watch the video, click here.