July 8, 2013
Del. David Toscano is weighing in on the federal investigation into gifts to Gov. Bob McDonnell from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
Toscano (D-57th District) is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli how much information on the investigation has been shared between the Virginia Attorney General's Office and Cuccinelli's own campaign for governor.
"How he came to be asked as attorney general for [the information] to be released so we can find out what relationship there is between the campaign and his role as a attorney general," Toscano told CBS19 on Monday. "Let the voters decide then what to do with it."
On Monday, Toscano sent a letter to Cuccinelli, asking him to to be more transparent about the investigation, citing a possible conflict of interest between the CEO and the Attorney General.
Delegate Toscano's full letter to the Attorney General:
"Dear Attorney General Cuccinelli:
The Washington Post reported recently that your office deliberately "walled you off" for five months from any knowledge of the scandal regarding Star Scientific and the Virginia Governor’s office because of your personal relationship with Star Scientific's CEO Jonnie Williams. This report has raised additional significant questions as to when you were informed of certain aspects of the case and your relationship with Mr. Williams.
For months you have denied that your relationship with Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific was the source of any conflict of interest for your office's involvement in this ongoing legal dispute, while failing to provide any supporting documentation. But the Washington Post's report that the Office of the Attorney General seemed to have no problem handing over information about the case to your political campaign raises serious questions.
Virginians deserve to know how your campaign came upon this information; did your campaign submit a FOIA request to the Office of the Attorney General for this documentation? Did your campaign pay any fees associated with such a FOIA? Or did the Office of the Attorney General hand this documentation over to your campaign willingly to help your political cause?
In addition, Virginians deserve to know the full extent of the information your office disclosed to your campaign regarding this issue. Since the information has already been packaged, your office should voluntarily and at no charge provide this full information to the public. Freely sharing the information your office provided to your campaign would seem to be a basic responsibility of yours as Attorney General. I sincerely hope that you will agree to disclose this information, so Virginians can be assured that their leaders will respect the office that they have been elected to serve.
Delegate David Toscano
Virginia House Democratic Leader"