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Virginia Democrat Seeks Records Linking Cuccinelli, Star Scientific CEO

Gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams continue to haunt Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.
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Gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams continue to haunt Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

A Democratic state senator from Richmond is asking a court to compel the state attorney general's office to release communications involving the principal figure in a political gift-giving scandal.

State Senator Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) filed the suit in Richmond Circuit Court. His open records request sought communications involving Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and Jonnie Williams, the CEO of Star Scientific and a political benefactor to Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McEachin's lawsuit claims the attorney general's office has not responded to his requests for information. It also says the attorney general's office willingly disclosed the information to Cuccinelli's political campaign.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office said McEachin has declined to work with the office to narrow his search.


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