Pay to play advances in Virginia

The Washington Examiner gives an update on pay to play legislation moving forward in Virginia.

The ethics legislation, proposed by Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Roanoke, would prohibit bidders on state contracts worth more than $5 million from donating to the governor’s campaign committee, his political action committee or inauguration until after a contract is awarded.

The bill originally applied to all Virginia campaign contributions, including those to senators and delegates. But Smith said that after broad opposition from lobbyists, the legislation was scaled back to include contributions only to the governor. And instead of applying to contracts of at least $1 million, it would deal with contracts five times that size.

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