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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, April 4.

  • Quizzical

    Rescission of part of the spending bill is under consideration
    https://www.voanews.com/a/backlash-republican-leaders-may-rescind-spending/4331524.html

  • From End Citizens United:

    End Citizens United Endorses Abigail Spanberger for Congress in VA-07

    Spanberger joins growing list of ECU-endorsed candidates who refuse corporate PAC money

    Washington, DC — End Citizens United (ECU) today endorsed Abigail Spanberger for Congress in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Spanberger is committed to reforming the rigged system, and supports bills including the DISCLOSE Act and Government By The People Act to increase transparency and accountability in our elections. As a sign of her commitment to reform, Spanberger recently announced that she is rejecting corporate PAC money in her campaign. ECU encourages candidates to reject money from corporate special interests and has identified over 100 candidates who are making a similar commitment.

    “In Washington, mega-donors dominate the conversation and have a tight grip over too many politicians. It’s corrupting the system and leaving Virginia families behind,” said ECU President Tiffany Muller. “Spanberger is committed to reforming the rigged system by curbing the influence of Big Money special interests in politics. We’re proud to endorse Abigail and look forward to helping her win in November.”

    “People should be at the center of our nation’s political decisions, and our campaign made that commitment to the residents of Virginia early on by refusing to accept any corporate PAC donations,” said Abigail Spanberger. “Campaign finance reform is an essential step toward ensuring transparency in electoral fundraising, a position I share fully with the thought leaders at End Citizens United. I’m honored to have earned their endorsement, and I look forward to working with them to fulfill a common goal of bringing fairness back to our electoral system.”

    With a recent Gallup poll showing that 90% of Americans believe the government is working for the benefit of a few big interests, a robust reform agenda is critical to winning support from voters, particularly independents. Notably, ECU polling has found that 62% of voters believe that a candidate refusing corporate PAC money is a sign that the candidate is serious about reform.

    The endorsement will help Spanberger compete with high-spending special interest groups by connecting her with its 5,500 grassroots members in VA-07, as well as its national network of 400,000 small-dollar donors.

    ECU is an entirely grassroots-funded organization dedicated to electing members of Congress who will fight to get Big Money out of politics so Congress focuses on all of us and not only its biggest special interest donors.

  • Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova: “Our Board was looking forward to a frank an open discussion with ICE…It is unfortunate that this opportunity was derailed.”

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/sharonbulovaicemeeting.jpg

    • P.S. Note that the “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office” is a Trump admimistration initiative that has come in for a LOT of criticism. I’m not sure I’d call it “admirable”…

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