He included his Star Scientific holdings, totaling $10,001 to $50,000, on his 2012 disclosure form. It is the only company in which Cuccinelli has ever reported holding more than $10,000.
Jerry Kilgore, a former state attorney general and a former GOP gubernatorial nominee, now represents Star’s chief executive, Jonnie R. Williams Sr. He said Cuccinelli bought the stock on the open market and Williams learned of the investment only afterward.
“He got no favored treatment. He got no discount,” Kilgore said. “They’re a publicly traded company, and anybody can purchase stock.”
Asked whether Williams or Star Scientific had received any assistance from Cuccinelli in the tax suit or other public matters, Kilgore said, “Absolutely not.”
Cuccinelli’s association with Williams goes back to at least 2010, when the attorney general reported receiving temporary lodging valued at $800 at Williams’s Richmond area home, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.
Williams considers Cuccinelli a friend, and he allowed the attorney general to use his home shortly after Cuccinelli took office, when the legislature was in session and Cuccinelli was living primarily with his family in Fairfax County, Kilgore said.
Cuccinelli’s financial disclosure forms indicate that he received a number of gifts from Williams in 2011, including a “box of food supplement,” valued at about $6,700; the use of a lake house and a boat, valued at $3,000; and transportation to Kentucky, valued at about $3,200. Kilgore said the company gave Cuccinelli a box of its dietary supplement Anatabloc as part of the company’s regular marketing practices.
“It was an unsolicited gift that Mr. Williams sent to the attorney general after the AG asked Mr. Williams about the latest project he was working on,” Gottstein said in an e-mail. “The attorney general found out the value of Anatabloc only after looking it up online when he reported the gift on his annual disclosure form.”