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BREAKING: Cuccinelli’s Office Improperly Helped CONSOL Energy Rip Off SWVA Landowners

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Here’s the story.

An assistant state attorney general improperly advised two energy companies in a natural gas drilling royalty fight against southwest Virginia landowners, but she did so without her supervisor’s knowledge, according to a report from the Inspector General’s Office obtained by The Associated Press.

In the report issued Tuesday to the Attorney General’s Office, Inspector General Michael F. A. Morehart wrote that the assistant attorney general “inappropriately used commonwealth resources in support” of private litigation fighting class-action lawsuits by landowners who claim the companies cheated them out of tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their properties.

The assistant attorney general, whose name was redacted from the report, provided “litigation strategy” to attorneys for the energy companies when she claimed to be defending the constitutionality of a state law, the report concluded.

Of course, the part about Cuccinelli supposedly having no clue about what was going on – for a long time, by the way – in his own office is highly dubious, to put it mildly. And meanwhile, even after Cuccinelli found out what had happened with the attorney (Sharon Pigeon) in his own office, he took no action. Zero. Nada. He didn’t discipline Pigeon in any way, let alone fire her for wildly unethical and inappropriate actions. And he hasn’t returned the $111,044 he’s received from CONSOL. So pathetic.

  • McAuliffe Campaign Statement on IG Findings that Ken Cuccinelli’s Office Improperly Used Taxpayer Funds to Advise Out-of-State Energy Companies

    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign released a statement today following the Associated Press report that Virginia’s Inspector General found that Ken Cuccinelli’s office improperly used taxpayer dollars to help out-of-state energy companies in their efforts to avoid paying Southwest Virginians natural gas royalties.

    “The Virginia Inspector General confirmed today what Virginians have found troubling for months–that Ken Cuccinelli’s office had stepped over the line and improperly used taxpayer funds to advise out-of-state energy companies trying to avoid paying Southwest Virginia landowners mining royalties that are rightfully theirs,” said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin. “Ken Cuccinelli, who received over $100,000 in campaign contributions from one of these energy companies, should immediately return the money he received and show that he’s willing to put his own agenda aside to do what’s best for Virginia.”

  • We already know that if you’re a fan of public pools, birth control, or oral sex, you’re not welcome in Ken Cuccinelli’s Virginia. So who does that leave?

    Meet Ken Cuccinelli’s cabinet.

    These are the extreme voices that support and advise Cuccinelli, the Tea Partiers he looks up to in nearby Washington, and the guy Ken turns to when he wants to vacation at a lake house. Look at his closest allies, and you see Cuccinelli’s vision for a radically different Virginia.

  • kindler

    Take your pick!