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McAuliffe Applauds Lieutenant Governor Bolling for Ethics Reform Proposal


From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe applauded the ethics reform proposal Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling released today, saying he supports the plan and would build off of it in a few areas:

“After the gift scandal that has engulfed Richmond and hurt the Commonwealth’s reputation, Virginians deserve to hear support for specific ethics reforms,” stated McAuliffe. “Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s ethics plan is a strong, pragmatic proposal that I would support as Governor. I applaud him for stepping forward on this critical issue.

“There are some places where I would build on Lt. Gov. Bolling’s proposal:

1. While I agree with the proposal to ban aggregate annual gifts exceeding $250, I have also supported a total ban on individual gifts over $100. Even if the legislature does not pass my proposal, I will use an executive order to impose it on myself. 

2. The independent ethics commission I proposed in April would include commission members appointed by all branches of government and would be funded by lobbyist registration fees.

“The most important part of Lieutenant Governor Bolling’s proposal is the recognition that a hard limit on gifts is critical to restore trust in Virginia government. While my opponent has so far refused to support any specific gift ban, I urge him to reconsider and join me in supporting the plan announced today.” 


Full Details of Terry’s Gift Ban Available Here

Full Details on Terry’s Independent Ethics Commission Available Here

HEADLINE: McAuliffe proposes gift limits for public officials [Virginian-Pilot, 4/25/13]

McAuliffe Proposed Gift Ban on Gifts over $100, Pledged to Impose It Upon Himself If Elected by Executive Order

In April 2013, the Virginian-Pilot reported, “Democrat Terry McAuliffe says if he's elected governor he'll ban gifts of $100 or more to a governor or their family, a proposal made as two of Virginia's top Republican officials face nagging questions about gifts given to them by a political donor. The candidate making his second gubernatorial bid said Thursday he'd accomplish that first through an executive order, then urge the General Assembly to change the law so that policy also applies to members of the legislature. ‘Virginia taxpayers deserve to know that their elected officials are representing the Commonwealth first,’ McAuliffe noted Thursday in announcing a plan he said would enhance transparency in state government.” [Virginian-Pilot, 4/25/13]

Democratic Ticket United Behind McAuliffe’s Gift Ban, Would Also Impose It Upon Themselves if Elected

In July 2013, the Tysons Corner Patch reported, “State Sens. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) and Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk), Democratic candidates for attorney general and lieutenant governor, said they too would follow the ban, even if it failed to become law.” [Tysons Corner Patch, 7/2/13

HEADLINE: McAuliffe Proposes Ethics Commission to Oversee Elected Officials [NBC 29, 4/30/13]

McAuliffe Proposed Independent, Bipartisan Ethics Commission

In April 2013, the Washington Post reported, “Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesdayproposed forming an independent ethics commission to oversee elected officials and their staff.” [Washington Post,4/30/13]

McAuliffe’s Independent Ethics Commission Would Be Comprised of Members Selected by the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the Senate Majority Leader and the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court

In April 2013, the Washington Post reported, “McAuliffe said the bipartisan panel’s members would be chosen by the governor, the speaker of the House of Delegates and the Senate Majority Leader. The chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court would also select two members, who could be a retired judge, active member of the bar or a law professor.” [Washington Post, 4/30/13] 


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