May 23, 2014 •
Virginia Governor Vetoes Bills Restricting Gifts to Him and His Campaign
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed two bills unanimously passed by the legislature designed to restrict his ability to solicit gifts and campaign contributions. The identical bills would have prevented the governor, his campaign committee, and any PAC established on his behalf from soliciting or accepting gifts or contributions exceeding $50 from any person or entity seeking loans or grants from the Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund.
The governor sent the bills back with amendments extending the rules to members of the General Assembly, but both houses rejected the amendments to their bills.
The governor argued the restrictions should extend to the General Assembly because, although he awards loans and grants from the fund, the money is appropriated by the General Assembly. Legislators responded it would be impractical to include them in the bills, because they are not privy to such high-level economic development talks or information about the parties involved.
Photo of Gov. Terry McAuliffe courtesy of Kate Wellington on Wikimedia Commons.
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