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Ken Cuccinell’s Slimepit of Corruption: Oil & Gas Edition

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From his quid pro quo with the slimeball/phony “U.S. Navy Veterans Association” run by “Bobby Thompson” (or is it fugitive Harvard lawyer John Donald Cody?), to the Star Scientific scandal, Ken Cuccinelli’s corruption knows few bounds. The latest scandal? Check this out.

A Southwest Virginia legislator Monday called for an state Inspector General investigation into Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli‘s office after a federal judge rebuked a lawyer on his staff for assisting two energy companies as they defend against lawsuits from citizens over natural gas royalties.

State Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Russell County, publicly made that request after the Associated Press last week reported on the shock U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent conveyed in a recent court document upon learning one of Cuccineli’s staff attorneys had offered advice to the corporate litigants.

E-mails provided to the court show that assistant attorney general Sharon Pigeon gave advice to attorneys for the companies: EQT Production Co. and CNX Gas Co., both from the Pittsburgh area.

As part of her duties, Pigeon represents the Virginia Gas and Oil Board, which has an interest in the case but isn’t a party to the long-running dispute between the energy companies and private landowners over compensation for gas harvested from their properties.

"With this much at stake, it was positively outrageous to learn last week that Ken Cuccinelli’s office has been acting not as a neutral observer in this case, but as an active adviser to the companies who are seeking to avoid paying Virginians millions in royalties," Puckett said on on a conference call organized by Virginia Democrats.o;s report on whether any laws or ethics rules have been broken in this disturbing matter," he added.

Serious stuff, and it’s unlikely there’s any good answer (the “I forgot” excuse probably won’t work here, as it didn’t work when Cuccinelli tried it in the Star Scientific scandal case). So now, Del. Terry Kilgore – the brother of Ken Cuccinelli’s attorney, Jerry Kilgore – is desperately trying to defend Cuccinelli politically at least, flailing around for something to get him off the hook, or at least distract the press for a while. Thus, according to Terry Kilgore, “Any suggestion that Attorney General Cuccinelli or his office was involved in any impropriety should be dismissed for the Democrat talking points they so clearly are.” Uh huh. So it’s all a made up, partisan witch hunt. Why is everyone always picking on poor, poor Ken Cuccinelli, anyway?  Boo-hoo-hoo. In reality, of course, Cuccinelli has been sloshing around in contributions and gifts from the very companies his office has been improperly advising and otherwise “assisting.” As has his pal Terry Kilgore. A few examples of the oil and gas companies’ favors to Kilgore include:

*$250 in Pennsylvania Football tickets from Consol

*$200 in Football tickets from Consol

*$250 in Race tickets from EQT

*$14,500 in Contributions from Consol

*$10,300 in Contributions from EQT

*$3000 in Contributions from CNX (Consol Subsidiary)

So…$700 in gifts and over $27,000 in campaign cash to Terry Kilgore. And lots LOTS more to Ken Cuccinelli ($111k from Consol alone). And then, in a TOTAL coincidence I’m sure, Cuccinelli’s office “gave advice to attorneys for the companies” which just happen to be “seeking to avoid paying Virginians millions in royalties.” Sure, happens all the time, right? Nothing to see here, move right along. At least that’s what Ken Cuccinelli and Company would like us to believe. But last I checked, Virginians were not as gullible as the cynical, smarmy Cuccinelli (and his cynical, smarmy defenders like the Kilgore brothers) likes to think we are.

P.S. For more on all this slime, see Cuccinelli, Penguins and Natural Gas by Peter Galuszka.

  • DJRippert

    The Republicans have given two gifts to the Democratic candidates.

    1. EW Jackson – by nominating their LG candidate via a final ballot of 3,750 delegates the RPV served up a gopher ball with EW Jackson.  Imagine the difference if Pete Snyder would have been nominated.  Nothing like a converntion that requires the final and deciding ballot to be cast at 9:30 pm after more than 50% of the delegates left.  Wow.

    2. Cuccinelli’s arrogant decision to stay in office as AG as he runs for governor.  Had Cuccinelli resigned earlier in the year, this is a non-story.

    Dear RPV: You can only give the opposition so many gifts and still expect to be competitive.

    If Cuccinelli wasn’t an egomaniac of the highest order he’d resign today claiming that he is now the official candidate so it’s time to resign.

  • Harkov311

    You know, just in case all the Sidney Crosby worship wasn’t enough reason already.

  • From DPVA:

    Tazewell County Supervisor Joins Sen. Puckett’s Call for IG Investigation of Attorney General’s Office in Mining Royalties Case

    Tazewell County Supervisor Charles Stacy released the following statement today responding to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s active coordination with two gas companies in a lawsuit against Virginia taxpayers over unpaid mining royalties:

    “Ken Cuccinelli’s office’s active coordination with two companies seeking to deny Southwest Virginia landowners millions in mining royalties was so inappropriate that even a federal judge was “shocked” by their conduct. As this scandal continues to unfold one thing is clear: Virginians deserve to know how the full extent of this troubling affair.

    “That is why I am proud to stand with Senator Phillip Puckett in urging the Virginia Inspector General to find out whether or not the Attorney General’s office used state resources to aid out-of-state companies in a lawsuit against Virginia taxpayers. Virginians elect an Attorney General to fight for them, not to use their resources against them in order to benefit private companies. We deserve a full investigation into what exactly went on here.”