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First-Quarter Reports - LIVE

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has uploaded first-quarter campaign finance disclosure reports for the major party, leadership, and local committees.

LEADERSHIP PACs

DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEES

REPUBLICAN COMMITTEES

LOCAL COMMITTEES

Tuesday is also a filing deadline for candidates running in local elections. Later in the week, VPAP will put information online for the following localities:

MAY CITY COUNCIL/MAYORAL ELECTIONSChesapeake Fairfax City HamptonLynchburgNewport NewsNorfolkRoanoke
NOVEMBER CITY COUNCIL/MAYORAL ELECTIONSPortsmouthSuffolkVirginia Beach

04/15/2014

$10K+ Donations to PACs

Here are large donations that PACs recently reported to the State Board of Elections:

Communication Workers of America - Virginia

  • $10,000 from Communication Workers of America

Democratic Party of Virginia

  • $10,000 from Virginia House Democratic Caucus

House Republican Campaign Committee

  • $15,000 from Verizon

Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

  • $15,000 from Williams Mullen

VIEW ALL RECENT LARGE DONATIONS

State law requires non-candidate political committees to report any single donation of $10,000 or more within three business days.

04/15/2014

Independent Expenditures

VPAP has posted two independent expenditures filed by a group supporting Barbara Comstock in the Republican firehouse primary for the 10th Congressional District.

GOPAC

VIEW ALL INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES

04/14/2014

1st-Quarter Filing Reports

April 15 is the deadline for federal, state, and local candidates running in 2014 elections to disclose their campaign finances for the first three months of the year.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. VPAP should have information posted on its site the following day.

Candidates must report the name, address, employer, and occupation of any donor who gives more than $100 during the election cycle. They are also required to itemize all expenses, regardless of amount.

April 15 is also the first-quarter filing deadline for non-candidate political committees.

04/11/2014

Lobbyist Registrations

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has posted 4 lobbyist registrations received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth since March 29. The latest batch contained the following:

3 NEW LOBBYIST-CLIENT REGISTRATIONS

1 RENEWAL OF 2012-2013 REGISTRATION

VPAP will continue to provide updates as the SOC makes the information available.

04/11/2014

Legislation may undo e-Filing gains

An online filing system developed two years ago by the McDonnell administration moved lobbyist registrations and disclosures into the electronic era. Today, more than 80 percent of lobbyists register online, saving taxpayer administrative costs and speeding public disclosure.

Those gains could be lost, however, as state officials grapple with implementing ethics legislation passed earlier this year by the General Assembly.

The law's most ambitious feature has nothing to do with lobbyists. Rather, the law would make it possible by 2015 for anyone to go online and view the personal financial disclosures of an estimated 25,000 public officials. This universe includes all legislators, judges, high ranking state employees, gubernatorial appointees, local elected officials and local appointees. The law creates a daunting administrative challenge of centralizing the collection of these forms, which had been due annually but will now be filed twice a year.

The bill also changes the way an estimated 2,200 lobbyist registration and annual disclosure forms are handled. The final version of the legislation split lobbyist filings between two agencies -- registrations will continue to be filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth in the executive branch and disclosure reports will be filed with the newly created Ethics Commission in the legislative branch.

The ethics bill contained no funding for the legislative branch to develop an online filing system for lobbyist disclosures, similar to the one that the McDonnell administration launched in 2012. It's unclear if the executive and legislative branches could share the application and integrate their computer systems.

If no solution is found, the number of e-filed lobbyist disclosures -- which are intended to provide a public accounting of what lobbyists did, how much they spent and who they entertained -- would drop to zero by late 2015.

As HB1211 moved through the General Assembly, a "fiscal impact" statement attached to the bill focused on the possible additional costs to incarcerate public officials who would be convicted of ethics violations. Legislators were told the costs of the legislation would be zero.

By the end of session, a revised fiscal impact statement took into account the administrative cost, which as estimated at $300,000 a year. That figure did not consider possible costs associated with requirements to create and maintain a publicly searchable database. Such costs -- the statement said -- "are not known at this time."

04/11/2014

$10K+ Donations to PACs

Here are large donations that PACs recently reported to the State Board of Elections:

Common Good Virginia

  • $25,000 from Imaad Zuberi

Democratic Party of Virginia

  • $100,000 from Common Good Virginia

VIEW ALL RECENT LARGE DONATIONS

State law requires non-candidate political committees to report any single donation of $10,000 or more within three business days.

04/11/2014