Areizaga-Soto Campaign Hits Favola Hard on Ethics

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    Here’s a scan (click to “embiggen”) of what a few thousand 31st Senate district voters, myself included, received in the mail today. Also, see below for the Areizaga-Soto campaign’s press release expressing their “dismay that the Favola campaign continues to be fueled by developers who benefited from multi-million dollar projects approved by Favola in her role as an Arlington County Board member.”

    Areizaga-Soto Campaign Notes Favola Ethics Lapse

    Favola approved multi-million dollar project for The Shooshan Company, then accepted $25K in campaign cash from John Shooshan and appointed him Chair of her campaign fundraising committee

    ARLINGTON, VA. – Today the Jaime Areizaga-Soto for State Senate campaign expressed dismay that the Favola campaign continues to be fueled by developers who benefited from multi-million dollar projects approved by Favola in her role as an Arlington County Board member.

    “Barbara Favola voted to approve a multi-million dollar project for a developer, then accepted a $25,000 check from him and appointed him Chair of her campaign fundraising committee,” said Areizaga-Soto. “As our next Senator, my vote will never be for sale.”

    As of the last campaign fundraising report, nearly half (44%) of the Favola for Senate campaign fundraising came from developers, including $25,000 from John Shooshan of The Shooshan Company, a Potomac, Maryland company. The contribution was by far his largest Virginia political contribution ever.

    “John Shooshan is a successful businessman and by all accounts a great guy,” added Areizaga-Soto.  “But his unprecedentedly large contribution to Barbara Favola and his fundraising role on her campaign committee indicates a serious lack of judgment and raises ethical concerns about County Board member Favola’s support for The Shooshan Company’s multi-million dollar development projects in Arlington.”

    “I’m frankly surprised to see it,” said Peter Rousselot, former Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair and Areizaga-Soto supporter, “I expected better from Barbara.”

    Members of the Arlington County Board have a tradition of refusing campaign contributions from developers because so much of the County Board’s work involves developer interests.

    • Peter Rousselot

      Today’s fundraising email from the Favola for Senate campaign is signed as follows:

      John Shooshan

      President, The Shooshan Company

      Chair, Fundraising Committee Favola for State Senate

      The message is very clear: this is a corporate sponsorship of an elected official who possesses the power to vote to grant or deny requests for actions that are worth millions of dollars to that corporate sponsor.

      If you condemn the Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court, then you must also condemn this flaunting of corporate power by the Favola for Senate campaign.  

    • d_strict

      That’s it for me, I have voted for her since she first ran.  I’m in her district and will not vote for her anymore.

      Areizaga has my vote.

      I hope she will have an opponent if she runs for the county seat next year.