From Clean Virginia:
Clean Virginia Supporter,
I want to make sure you saw John’s email about a critical call to action with a deadline of 1 p.m. TODAY. In just a few hours, a committee will meet to discuss highly overdue reforms to Virginia’s broken campaign finance laws. We need you to make your voice heard before that meeting starts by submitting a comment here. It’s time to enact common sense laws and rebuild trust in our elected officials.
Dear Senators and Delegates of the Joint Subcommittee to Study Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform,
Thank you for the work you are doing on behalf of all Virginians by serving on this critically important committee. I am submitting this comment to urge you to recommend that Virginia’s state legislature formally adopts a ban on political campaign contributions from all publicly regulated monopolies overseen by the General Assembly. It is a direct conflict of interest for legislators to receive financial contributions from monopolies whose prices they are tasked with regulating. Receiving these contributions is in direct opposition to the interests of Virginians who are stuck paying the 6th highest energy bills in the country as Dominion Energy overcharges its Virginian customers by hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Adopting a ban on campaign contributions from publicly regulated utility monopolies is even more essential given Virginia’s lack of a ban on the personal use of campaign funds, which I also hope you will recommend in your report. Together, these highly overdue campaign finance reforms will go a long way towards rebuilding Virginians’ trust in government.
Thank you again for your commitment to campaign finance reform.
Thank you for seizing this moment with us,
Kendl Kobbervig, Clean Virginia Advocacy and Outreach Lead