Getting money out of Virginia politics through campaign finance reform

To our Governor, Heads of the Senate and House of Delegates and Chairs of the Privileges and Elections Committees

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We are disappointed that none of the campaign finance bills made it through the last General Assembly. Virginia has the laxest regulations in the country ; it is one of only five states with no limits on campaign finance contributions. We feel that the  corrosive  influence of excessive money on our elections is undermining our democracy.

Please sign our petition informing key legislators that we care about this issue and want action. Supported by senior leadership, we hope that our legislators in Richmond will commit themselves next year to get big money out of politics. This includes prioritizing campaign finance reform and passing a state resolution recommending overturning Citizens United.

Your signature on the petition will help make it a crucial component of our lobbying efforts.


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To: To our Governor, Heads of the Senate and House of Delegates and Chairs of the Privileges and Elections Committees
From: [Your Name]


Dear Governor Northam, Senator Saslow, Speaker Filler-Corn, and P&E Chairs, Senator Deeds and Delegate Lindsey,

As you know, all of the campaign finance bills introduced in this year's General Assembly died or weren't even discussed in the Privileges and Elections Committees of the Senate and the House of Delegates.

However, as you also know, Government is to be "For and By the People" - not money, not corporations, not special interests. Along with the majority of Americans, the Virginia chapter of American Promise, a non-partisan group working to get big money out of politics, believes in: 1) the rights for human beings over privileges for global corporations and special interests, 2) fair and free elections for all Americans, 3) the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation.

Therefore, we request that our Virginia Elected Officials in the General Assembly:

1) Pass comprehensive campaign finance laws in the 2021 General Assembly. This includes joining 45 other states around the county who have already limited campaign contributions and strengthened their disclosure laws. We should also ban contributions from public service corporations as well as restrict personal use of campaign contributions.

2) Introduce and pass a resolution which endorses overturning Citizens United through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, thereby joining the 20 states that have already done so. Such an amendment to the U.S. Constitution would allow Virginia to safeguard our elections from the corrosive impact of unregulated money.