Dems file another FOIA on Cuccinelli lawsuit

Edited by Chris Graham

The legal tug-of-war between Virginia Democrats and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli over Cuccinelli’s lawsuit on federal health-care reform intensified today with the state Democratic Party filing a second Freedom of Information Act request for Cuccinelli to access information on the resources that his office is expending on the suit.

“Based on his response to our initial FOIA request, Ken Cuccinelli has clearly chosen the path of hiding information rather than openness. Furthermore, we have serious questions about his use of the working paper exemption to cover up political communication with parties outside of Virginia,” Democratic Party of Virginia Executive Director Dave Mills said.

“We will continue to respectfully ask the Attorney General to be accountable to the taxpayers who pay his salary. While Mr. Cuccinelli has been focused on scoring political points, he has shown little interest in openness with Virginia taxpayers. He has tried to obfuscate at every turn, while thousands of Virginians demand answers,” Mills said.

The DPVA’s second FOIA included requests for:

– The schedules of Ken Cuccinelli, Solicitor General Duncan Getchell and Deputy Attorney General Wesley Russell for the month of March
– A log of communication between Cuccinelli and national Republican political organizations about the lawsuit
– A log of communication between Cuccinelli and 13 other state attorneys general who filed suit
– Communication between Cuccinelli and Governor Bob McDonnell regarding the health care legislation
– A list of current Office of Attorney General staff and their salaries.

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