Virginia has long been known as a state that was relatively clean politically. Not clean, but not Louisiana or New Jersey either. Given the recent ethical challenges of the commonwealth’s outgoing Republican governor, and the long time crony capitalism and general opportunism of its incoming Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, I fear that my home state has dropped a couple of tiers on the good governance scale.
Now, right out of the box the new governor is facing questions about the use of funds dedicated for his inauguration.
(From The Washington Times)
The Virginia legislature years ago banned governors from donating excess inauguration funds to political causes, but that hasn’t stopped Gov. Terry McAuliffe from finding a way to route $211,000 from his inaugural fund back to his election campaign and the Virginia Democratic Party, disclosure records show.
Mr. McAuliffe’s aides say the two $78,000 checks his inaugural committee sent to his campaign committee along with a $55,000 check to the state Democratic Party were expenditures for the rental of email lists. But campaign finance analysts told The Washington Times that the costs of the email rentals appeared to be exorbitant, and critics suggest the transactions look like an end run around the state prohibition.