Timing of Cuccinelli's PAC questioned by Democrats
A new political action committee established by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has drawn fire from state Democrats over the date it was established.
Paperwork to establish Cuccinelli's new Liberty Now PAC was filed with the Virginia State Board of Elections on March 23.
That's the same day President Obama signed the health care reform bill into law. And the same day Cuccinelli filed suit on behalf of Virginia against the law, arguing Congress exceeded its Constitutional power in requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.
Democrats say the timing is a sign that Cuccinelli's suit was intended to be a fundraising tool to raise money for Liberty Now. Cuccinelli's office said the timing of the filing was coincidental and plans for the PAC had been laid well before Health Care day.
Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the Democrats, said the timing makes "Ken Cuccinelli's motives crystal clear: The Attorney General is using Virginians' tax dollars as a piggy bank for his personal political agenda....It seems clear that this health care lawsuit is nothing more than a taxpayer-funded stunt to increase Ken Cuccinelli's campaign kitty."
But Cuccinelli's political director Noah Wall said Cuccinelli decided to form a PAC, a common move for many Virginia politicians, several weeks before the suit was filed. Wall said he was barred by law from filing the paperwork until the conclusion of the General Assembly session March 14. The final papers to establish the PAC were sent by an accounting firm working with the attorney general on March 23, Wall said.
"The decision to create the PAC was made long before the paperwork was filed, and the Attorney General was unaware of when the filing took place," Wall said.
He said the PAC, formed to support Republican candidates in Virginia, will likely be active throughout Cuccinelli's term in office.
Washington Post editors
April 8, 2010; 10:35 AM ET
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