WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Cuccinelli Donates Equivalent Of Donor Gifts To Charity

Play associated audio
Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli answers questions after a political science class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli answers questions after a political science class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Virginia 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 announced 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.

"For those who’ve been disappointed in this situation or how I’ve handled it, I apologize. It’s been a humbling set of lessons for me," Cuccinelli said.

The Cross Over Ministry is a Christian organization which provides health care to the uninsured in Richmond area, according to their website.

Cuccinelli received $18,000 in gifts from Star Scientific and its CEO, Jonnie Williams. This included a $3,000 vacation stay and a $1,500 Thanksgiving retreat and dinner at Williams' vacation home.

Just last month, he said he had no plans to return the gifts, saying that "there are some bells you can't un-ring." He said he concluded after hearing from supporters that the gifts were perceived as a problem for his gubernatorial campaign.

NPR

Bill Cunningham, Iconic 'New York Times' Photographer, Dies At 87

Cunningham worked at the Times for almost 40 years, capturing the fashion trends of the day with a timeless eye.
NPR

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
NPR

NPR Battleground Map: Florida, Pennsylvania Move In Opposite Directions

Florida goes from Toss Up to Lean D, and Pennsylvania moves from Lean D to Toss Up. Overall, though, Clinton would beat Trump if she just wins states that at least lean in her direction.
NPR

President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.