This blog has looked at the highly unusual and unexplained situation where a staff attorney of the Virginia Attorney General's office was offering legal assistance and advise to two energy companies being sued by Virginia residents for allegedly cheating them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in gas royalties. The litigation is private litigation and does not involve the Commonwealth of Virginia or any state agencies. Hence, there is no outward reason for the AG office's involvement. Or is there? One of the energy company is an affiliate of a company that donated over $114,000 to Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign. Quite appropriately, the Democrat National Committee is running an ad asking that this matter be investigated. The ad is above.
As noted before, I am well acquainted with the oil and gas industry and was with a large law firm with an extensive oil and gas practice and worked on lease litigation and royalty disputes. I also was in-house counsel for a large oil company. I know of nothing from this background that would justify the Attorney General's office being involved in a private lawsuit over leases and royalty payments. Absolutely nothing. Nothing that is other than a pay back to a large campaign contributor. Cuccinelli is a menace and must be defeated in November.