For Immediate Release McAuliffe Probe Underscores Need for Campaign Finance Reform in VA

Statement by Karen Hobert Flynn, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Programs

Posted on May 23, 2016

Like everyone who is the subject of a criminal investigation, Gov. McAuliffe carries the presumption of innocence. That said, we saw in the case of former Gov. Bob McDonnell how Virginia's anything-goes gift and campaign finance laws practically invite corruption. As they prepare to choose a new governor in 2017, Virginians should insist that candidates make campaign finance reform, including limits on contributions from individuals and political committees, a ban on direct donations by corporations and unions, and adoption of a small-dollar donor based public financing system, their top priority.


Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National, Common Cause Virginia

Issues: Money in Politics, Ethics

Tags: Fighting Big Money, Empowering Small Donors, State Ethics

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