VA: Lobbyist Measures Dead

A post-employment limitation and other lobbyist rules died in Virginia, according to this report.

The bill, by Del. Samuel A. Nixon Jr., R-Chesterfield, would prevent lobbyists from getting around the $50 disclosure threshold for legislators.

Here’s what some lobbyists do: They’ll divide the cost of a night on the town among multiple clients, often driving the price below $50 per legislator.

That way, a delegate or senator doesn’t have to list the entertainment in compulsory conflict-of-interest statements.

The interest group must report the event to the state in a separate report, but the expense can be more difficult to track down.

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