Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Cuccinelli's conflict of interest costs Virginia taxpayers another $90,068


Oops, he did it again: Ken Cuccinelli's conflicts of interest have Virginia taxpayers another $90,068!

When the Governor of Virginia has a legal issue, the Attorney General of Virginia is supposed to serve as his legal counsel. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli can't or won't do his job because he has a conflict of interest: like Bob McDonnell, he too took a lot of expensive gifts from Star Scientific's bagman/CEO Jonnie Williams. So, even while Ken Cuccinelli collects a paycheck from Virginia's taxpayers for a job he can't do due to his past shady dealings, Virginia's taxpayers also have to pick up the bill for outside counsel to do Cuccinelli's job for him!
Gov. Bob McDonnell's state-appointed legal team has billed the state for $90,068 for work performed in June.

That brings the tab for taxpayers to about $143,598 including an initial $53,530 that the firm billed for the services of former Attorney General Anthony F. Troy and other staffers from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.
Read "McDonnell's legal team bills state $90,000 for June" by Olympia Meola in the Richmond Times Dispatch.

This is outrageous, and it's the direct consequence of Ken Cuccinelli's own ethical lapses. If Bob McDonnell stays in office though January and Troy's firm bills at the same rate for those seven months that's $143,598 plus seven times $90,000 for a total of $773,598!!!

But of course there's no guarantee that subsequent bills will be just $90,000--if Bob McDonnell is indicted by a federal grand jury, these bills could spin wildly out of control. All of it to be paid for by Virginia's taxpayers; all of it because Ken Cuccinelli was too ethically challenged to do the job he still collects a paycheck for, even though he doesn't do the job. Star Scientific and Giftgate aren't just problems for Ken Cuccinelli: they are an expensive drain on Virginia's taxpayers.

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