Letter to the editor, March 3, 2021: A sensible finance bill dies without a vote | Letters

Letter to the editor, March 3, 2021: A sensible finance bill dies without a vote |  Letters

Reasonable budget bill

dies without a vote

In his February 23 article, RTD reporter Patrick Wilson highlighted the tragic demise of a common sense campaign finance bill that would have limited the personal use of campaign donations by lawmakers. After passing the House of Delegates by a 100-0 vote, Virginia Senate lawmakers lamented specious concerns related to deduction of pizza expenses during the campaign. Senators ignored the fact that Virginia is one of the few states where lawmakers can spend unlimited campaign funds to get to Paris or to increase their investment portfolios.

The article correctly states that there is no record of votes on this bill. There was also no vote on another campaign finance bill that had a House hearing – the bill sponsored by Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, concerned the ban on corporate contributions to lawmakers.

Three decades ago, a report to the government of the day. L. Douglas Wilder advocated for campaign finance reform legislation. It’s pretty clear that democratic reform in our Commonwealth still hasn’t made a lot of money out of politics. The reform also does not extend to transparency about how these bills were rejected by the Statehouse. It’s time to call your lawmakers to tell them to take action to get money out of politics.

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