Remember how odd it seemed that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli bought shares in Star Scientific, and forgot to disclose them, then suddenly remembered last fall he should have?
Well he wasn’t the only one who invested in the company. First Lady Maureen McDonnell did, too!
She bought more than $30,000 worth of stock in the company in June and August 2011, right after Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams loaned her $50,000.
Then she sold it in December 2011 for a $15,000 loss. In letting go of the stock before the end of the year, she and Gov. Bob avoided having to disclose they had owned it. And then, in Jan. 2012, she bought more than 6,000 more shares. Not only that, but she made both purchases behind Gov. Bob’s back!
All of this and more is in a much longer, and fascinating, story by The Washinton Post. For which, if you read between the lines, it appears either Jonnie R. Williams or his attorney was a source:
The person familiar with the stock purchase said the first lady e-mailed Williams from time to time to check how the stock price was doing on the market.
After all, only two people have first-hand knowledge of those emails.
But wait, there is more. Go read it. It’s great stuff!