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Inside NOVA: Bill to publicize all out-of-state donations to Va. candidates nixed Print

BY: Inside NOVA

Created: February 19, 2019

Out-of-state donors to candidates for state and local elections in Virginia will continue to be treated the same as contributors living in the Old Dominion, after the state Senate killed a bill that would have required all contributions from out-of-state donors to be made public.

Current Virginia law requires the names and other identifying information of donors to be listed on campaign-finance reports if the aggregate amount donated to a single candidate tops $100. For contributions less than that amount, there is no requirement to report information on donors.

Legislation patroned by Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News) would have required all out-of-state donations to be publicly reported, no matter their size.

The measure passed the House of Delegates on a 58-41 vote; among the Arlington delegation, Del. Mark Levine (D-45th) voted in favor, Dels. Patrick Hope (D-47th), Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) against.

The measure then moved on to the state Senate, where it died on a tie 7-7 vote in the Committee on Privileges and Elections. The two Arlington senators on that committee – state Sens. Janet Howell (D-32nd) and Adam Ebbin (D-30th) – voted against it.

While federal election law places limits on donations to candidates for president and Congress, state law has no upper limit for donations to candidates for statewide offices, General Assembly or local offices.