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New Independent Expenditures

VPAP has posted the latest independent expenditures.

  • Virginia Progress PAC spent $18,742 opposing Ed Gillespie in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. They have spent a total of just over one million dollars this year in federal independent expenditures, all in opposition of Gillespie.
  • The National Rifle Association spent $1,775 in support of Virginia Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock. They have spent $422K this year in federal independent expenditures in various races. 



Sept. 15 Filing Reports

Sept. 15 is the deadline for candidates running in Nov. 4 local elections to disclose their campaign finances for July and August.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. VPAP should have information posted on its site later this week for four localities:

  • Arlington County Board
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Suffolk City Council
  • Virginia Beach City Council

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


$10K+ Donations to PACs

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

Common Good Virginia
  • $30,000 from DGA Action
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
  • $10,000 from Dick Black for Senate


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


Lobbyist Registrations

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project has posted 65 lobbyist registrations received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth since August 20. The latest batch contained the following:



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


$10K+ Donations to PACs

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

Democratic Party of Virginia
  • $15,000 from the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus
Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
  • $12,500 from Emmett Hanger for Senate
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.


Ethics Bill Impact - October Seminar

Virginia Public Access Project

UPDATE 9/15/14

The Impact of House Bill 1211 has been approved for 1 credit hour by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. Participants interested in receiving CLE credit will be provided with a Certification of Attendance form following the course.


The headline in a recent Richmond Times-Dispatch article reads: "Whole New World" for Lawmakers.

It's a whole new world for everyone.

The nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project is holding a seminar designed to help government affairs professionals understand the impact of Virginia's new ethics law.

A session held in August sold out.

The course is focused on the practical impact of House Bill 1211 -- 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.

95% of those who attended the August session said they would recommend this course to others.

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

Date:          October 8, 2014

Time:          9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location:   Electric Cooperatives Building -- 4201 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA  23060

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

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot today.


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 partners:

VA, MD & DE Association of Electric Cooperatives              Old Dominion Electric Cooperative        


Fewer U.S. Senate headlines in 2014

Newspapers devoted far less ink to the U.S. Senate race this summer compared to the same period during the 2012 U.S. Senate race, according to articles compiled by the VaNews clipping service.

Outside Spending in US Senate Races

Is there less interest in this year’s race between Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie? Or are there simply fewer reporters these days?

You might have expected Senate coverage to plummet in August, when many of the state’s political scribes were hunkered down at the McDonnell corruption trial. But the number of Senate articles this year actually increased in August (38) compared to July (18).

One factor is the shrinking Capitol press corps. Two of the state’s largest daily newspapers – The Free Lance-Star and The Roanoke Times – have eliminated full-time Capitol reporters since 2012. The two papers generated five articles about the Senate race in July and August, down from 25 articles two summers ago.

The dip in newspaper coverage in this year’s Senate race echoes a decline in independent expenditures from single-interest groups.

Note: The goal of VaNews is to include all newspaper articles written about the U.S. Senate race, though it’s possible we miss a few now and then. Our content policy for political coverage is unchanged from 2012.