June 10, 2013
The Roanoke Times editorializes, "A federal judge last week said she was shocked an assistant state attorney general is aiding big coal in a court battle against property owners in Virginia's coalfields who are seeking to be paid for the gas the companies have taken. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent found that Assistant Attorney General Sharon Pigeon, who advises the Virginia Gas and Oil Board, was assisting the defense. Sargent wrote: 'Shockingly, these emails show that the Board, or at least Pigeon, has been actively involved in assisting EQT and CNX with the defense of these cases, including offering advice on and providing information for use on the Motions before the court.'"
Progressive Point: The people of Virginia deserve a fulltime Attorney General that works for them--not his corporate campaign donors. But not only is Ken Cuccinelli backing his big coal donors, his office is working against Virginians to do it. Today, Cuccinelli is willing to represent corporate donors against the people of Virginia as Attorney General. Commonwealth voters should be shocked by what he is doing, and frightened of what he might want to do as Governor tomorrow.
In America, our government should be for and by the people, not the corporate special interests. The most profitable investment that corporations can make is buying our elections -- and our weak campaign finance laws allow them do it in secret and without accountability to anyone. Ken Cuccinelli knows this and so do his big coal friends who are funding his campaign. Virginia's leaders in Richmond were elected to represent the people, not corporate donors.
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