RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative political action committee he accused of engaging in a national fundraising scam.
Federal court papers filed last week show that Cuccinelli and the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC reached a settlement that will prohibit the PAC from using a political candidate’s name for future fundraising efforts against the candidate’s wishes.
The PAC also agreed to pay Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign $85,000 and give it exclusive rights to the PAC’s direct mail and email donor lists.
Cuccinelli sued the PAC last September alleging that Conservative StrikeForce raised $2.2 million in 2013 by largely promising donors the money would help Cuccinelli in his ultimately unsuccessful Virginia campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. The PAC only gave Cuccinelli’s campaign $10,000.