Williams also paid $15,000 for the catering at the 2011 wedding of McDonnell’s daughter.
Star Scientific sells Anatabloc, a dietary supplement that uses a chemical found in tobacco and other plants to fight inflammation, and facial cream.
The company filed suit against the commonwealth in July 2011, challenging a 2002 sales and use tax assessment on tobacco curing barns it owns in southern Virginia. The company has told investors that if it loses the suit, it will owe the state $1.7 million in back taxes, penalties and fines.
Cuccinelli has not personally intervened in the suit, his office has said.
Both parties say the case has been handled as a routine tax issue. Cuccinelli’s spokesman said the staff attorney on the case did not initially seek outside counsel because neither she nor her supervisor knew Cuccinelli owns company stock.
On Sunday, The Washington Post reported that Cuccinelli also initially failed to disclose holdings in the company, as required by law.
A campaign consultant said the omission was an administrative oversight. He said it happened when Cuccinelli did not immediately realize a second purchase of Star Scientific stock by a financial adviser pushed the value of his total holdings above $10,000. Virginia law requires that elected officials disclose all holdings of at least that size.
In 2012, Cuccinelli realized the error and amended his 2011 form to reflect the holding, the consultant said. In January, he reported that he owned between $10,001 and $50,000 in Star Scientific stock last year.
In 2010 and 2011, Williams also gave Cuccinelli $6,700 worth of Anatabloc as well as the use of a lake house and boat, together valued at $3,000, and transportation to Kentucky, valued at about $3,200.
Laura Vozzella contributed to this report.
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