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Legislators' Appointments

Fifteen of the 66 legislators who left office after January 2010 have received salaried state jobs:

Legislators Who Did Not Seek Re-Election

  • Watkins Abbitt Jr. - Board of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Clay Athey - judicial appointment
  • Bill Cleaveland - judicial appointment
  • William Wampler - Executive Director of New College Institute
  • Kris Amundson
  • John Cox
  • Anne Crockett-Stark
  • Al Eisenberg
  • William Fralin
  • Frank Hargrove
  • Clarke Hogan
  • Joe Johnson
  • Don Merricks
  • Harvey Morgan
  • Dave Nutter
  • Albert Pollard
  • Bob Purkey
  • Lacey Putney
  • Chris Saxman
  • Jim Scott
  • Jim Shuler
  • Bob Tata
  • Patsy Ticer
  • Onzlee Ware
  • Mary Margaret Whipple

Legislators Who Resigned Mid-Term

  • Bob Brink - Deputy Commissioner for Aging Services
  • Algie Howell - Virginia Parole Board
  • Sal Iaquinto - judicial appointment
  • Matt Lohr - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Henry Marsh - Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control Board
  • Sam Nixon - Virginia Information Technologies Agency
  • Glenn Oder - Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority
  • Phil Puckett - resigned in part to clear the way for a judicial appointment for his daughter
  • Harry Blevins
  • Dave Englin
  • Tom Gear

Legislators Elected to a Higher Office

  • Ken Cuccinelli
  • Morgan Griffith
  • Mark Herring
  • Robert Hurt
  • Ralph Northam

Legislators Who Sought Another Office

  • Bill Janis
  • Steve Shannon
  • Ken Stolle

Legislators Redistricted Out of Office

  • Bud Phillips - judicial appointment
  • Fred Quayle - Virginia Parole Board
  • Paula Miller

Legislators Defeated in Re-Election

  • Margi Vanderhye - Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts
  • Robin Abbott
  • Ward Armstrong
  • Bill Barlow
  • Joe Bouchard
  • Dan Bowling
  • Chuck Caputo
  • Mark Dudenhefer
  • Jeff Frederick
  • Edd Houck
  • Bob Hull
  • Bob Mathieson
  • Joe May
  • Paul Nichols
  • David Poisson
  • Roscoe Reynolds
  • Bev Sherwood
  • Shannon Valentine
  • Mike Watson


Annual Lobbyist Disclosures

VPAP has posted annual lobbyist spending reports that cover the period from May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014. 
Nearly 2,200 disclosure reports were filed by 882 lobbyists representing 940 companies and trade associations registered with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.


Total spending was up nearly 5% from the previous reporting year:
  • 2012-13 - $1.64 million*
  • 2013-14 - $1.72 million

* This number was adjusted for inflation



The number of entertainment event disclosures reported increased 15%:
  • 2012-13 - 804 event disclosures
  • 2013-14 - 925 event disclosures 

Note: Some events may appear in multiple entertainment event disclosures. Lobbyists can divide the cost of the same event among several clients.

Entertainment spending was down nearly 9% compared to 2012-13:

  • 2012-13 - $701,144*
  • 2013-14 - $639,739

*This number was adjusted for inflation




The number of "tangible" gifts fell sharply in 2013-14:
  • 2012-13 - 390 gifts
  • 2013-14 - 95 gifts
Caveat -- The number of gifts from 2012-13 was unusually high.

Note: There was some confusion among some lobbyists on whether something should have been reported as an entertainment expense or as a gift. Some of the items listed in gifts this year appear to have been not gifts, but entertainment and, in one case, an in-kind campaign donation.



New Independent Expenditures

VPAP has posted the latest independent expenditures. 

Virginia Progress PAC made three independent expenditures in opposition of Ed Gillespie for Senate totaling $520,647.




Ethics Bill Impact -- Seminar at Tysons

Virginia Public Access Project

What does Virginia's new ethics law mean for you?

If you're not sure, join the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project at Tysons for a seminar designed to help government affairs professionals understand the impact of House Bill 1211.

A recent course in Richmond was sold out. Ninety-five percent of lobbyists who attended the Richmond session said they would recommend this course to others.

The course is focused on the practical impact of the law -- the new definition of "gift," more frequent registrations and disclosures, and the practical issues involved with oversight from two different agencies. There will also be a discussion of the uncertainty surrounding the law -- and the potential for additional changes over the course of the next 24 months.

The seminar will be led by VPAP Executive Director David Poole, who has nearly two decades of experience studying Virginia's disclosure laws.

Date:          September 24, 2014

Time:          8:00-10:00 a.m.

Location:   Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce -- 7900 Westpark Drive, Suite A550, Tysons Corner, VA  22102

Cost:           $150 per person (All proceeds support the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project)

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today.


Note: VPAP is seeking CLE certification from the Virginia Bar for this course. We'll keep you posted once the Virginia Bar acts on the application.

Payments can be made online (select "VPAP General Fund" and "Make a one-time donation") or by mailing a check made out to "Virginia Public Access Project" to PO Box 1472, Richmond, VA 23218.

Questions? Contact Katy Johnstone Hurtz at 804-353-4300 or

VPAP expresses its deep appreciation for its host partner:

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce


$10K+ Donations to PACs

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

Common Good Virginia
  • $25,000 from Genentech
  • $25,000 from Cheniere Energy Shared Services
Catalist Virginia
  • $20,000 from Catalist, LLC
House Democratic Caucus
  • $10,000 from Commonwealth Victory Fund


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


New Lobbyist Registrations

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has posted 68 lobbyist registrations received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth since August 1. The latest batch contained the following:



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


Turnout in Special Elections

Turnout yesterday varied greatly in three legislative special elections.

Senate District 38 (Chafin vs. Hymes): 25.6% of active voters
  • Turnout was the highest of the seven General Assembly special elections this year.
House District 48 (Sullivan vs. Foster): 17.3% of active voters
  • Turnout was similar to other 2014 special elections.
House District 90 (Lindsey vs. Calabrese): 5.37% of active voters
  • Turnout in the 90th District was by far the lowest in a special election this year.
For some context, here is the turnout ranking of all legislative special elections so far this year:These turnout numbers were calculated based on the State Board of Elections 2014 registration statistics and election results.