Tag: Fairfax School Board elections
Virginia's campaign finance law places no limit on the amount of political contributions, but requires "transparency" in reporting donations, so that the voting public knows who (or what) is funding a candidate, the theory being that if you know who is paying, then you can figure out to whom the candidate will be beholden. Candidates are required to report not only cash donations but the value of so-called "in kind" donations, which can cover any goods or services given to candidates to help in their campaigns. Here is where savvy politicians have figured out a way to game the system. How? By inflating the value of in-kind donations, and even by claiming phantom invoices for services, like that of campaign treasurer, which are in fact voluntary and unpaid. These bogus big figures then puff up the "total cash raised," making the candidate look far more impressive than he or she may be in reality.