Cuccinelli fails to respond to FOIA request

Brian Coy, DPVA
July 18, 2013

On the morning of Thursday, July 11th, Senator Donald McEachin submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of the Attorney General seeking information about Ken Cuccinelli’s relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

McEachin released the following statement today questioning why he has yet to receive a response of any sort despite the legally required 5-business day deadline for a response having passed:

“Last week I submitted a simple request for information about the Attorney General’s relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. A large part of that request sought information that Ken Cuccinelli’s office has already provided to his campaign for Governor. Despite that, the Attorney General’s Office has not yet responded to my request as Virginia law requires.

“Months of state and nationwide news coverage and a steady drip, drip, drip of ever-more disturbing revelations have become a distraction from the key issues we face as a state and a damaging signal to the rest of the world about the kind of government Virginia has.

“That is why I offered him the opportunity to give Virginians the information they deserve last week, and why today I am renewing my call for the Attorney General to open his office up to disinfecting sunlight that is so sorely needed right now. Until Virginians know the truth about how and why Ken Cuccinelli exposed his taxpayer-funded office to a massive conflict of interest scandal we cannot begin to undo the damage he has caused and move on from this dark period. It’s time for the Attorney General to provide the information that Virginians deserve.”

Senator McEachin’s FOIA from last week specifically asks for:

  1. All communications between any member of the Office of the Attorney General and Jonnie Williams.
  2. All internal and external communications to which the Office of the Attorney General was a party regarding the Office’s potential conflict of interest in the Commonwealth’s case against Todd Schneider for embezzlement at the Executive Mansion.
  3. All internal and external communications to which any member of the Office of the Attorney General was a party regarding the allegations against Governor McDonnell made byTodd Schneider.
  4. All internal and external communications to which any member of the Office of the Attorney General was a party related to any “walling off” of the Attorney General in the Commonwealth’s case against Todd Schneider for embezzlement at the Executive Mansion.
  5. All internal and external communications to which any member of the Office of the Attorney General was a party regarding the Attorney General’s financial disclosures.
  6. All information concerning any fees charged by the Office of the Attorney General or paid by anyone for the preparation of the “Inquiry on Star Scientific” Memorandum dated June 27, 2013 from the Cuccinelli for Governor Campaign.
  7. All internal and external communications to which any member of the Office of the Attorney General was a party regarding the “Inquiry on Star Scientific” Memorandum dated June 27, 2013 from the Cuccinelli for Governor Campaign.
  8. All Freedom of Information Act requests received by the Office of the Attorney General seeking information or documents related in any way to the Commonwealth’s case against Todd Schneider for embezzlement at the Executive Mansion, and the response provided by the Office of the Attorney General.
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