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Whose PAC is It?

Tim Craig

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, and his wife, Amy, may have figured out a way to get around the prohibition against raising money during the legislative session.

On Friday, Frederick announced in an email that he will not seek reelection this year but he encouraged supporters to lobby Amy to seek the GOP nomination to replace him. Frederick directed his supporters to www.voteamy.com "to send her your encouragement before she makes a final decision about whether to enter the race."

On the VoteAmy website, supporters are also asked to make a financial contribution to Virginia's Future PAC. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in state politics, Frederick set up the PAC in 2004 to give out campaign funds to Republicans. Last year, Frederick used the PAC to help finance his bid for state party chairman.

With Frederick now directing supporters to a website that is collecting money for a Virginia political committee, there are questions about whether he is keeping to the spirit of the law barring state office holders from raising money during the legislative session.

But Frederick said the PAC has always been in Amy's name, even though it has been used to finance his own political efforts.

According to the State Board of Elections, Amy Frederick is listed as the treasurer of the PAC.

"Everyone thinks it's my PAC but if you look on the PACs forms it's all in Amy's name," Frederick said. "I don't have signatory authority on the accounts. It's Amy's PAC that my name is not attached to in any way."

However, according to campaign finance reports filed with the State Board of Elections, the name "Jeff Frederick" is listed as the person who has been authorizing individual expenditures.

Frederick concedes the PAC "has been helpful" to his political efforts.

But he said Amy can now use it to raise money for her exploratory campaign - even though the General Assembly is still in session - because he says it's her committee.

There is no prohibition against spouses of elected officials raising money during the session.

"We figured it was just easier to use the PAC instead of setting up an exploratory committee," Frederick said. "It's all legit."

Amy Frederick plans to announce in a few weeks whether she plans to run for her husband's seat.

By Tim Craig  |  February 15, 2009; 3:14 PM ET
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Comments

What a sleazeball. Leave it to Jeff Frederick to use a tortured, convoluted argument to by-pass Virginia laws and ethics rules. What is the matter with the voters in Prince William County?

Posted by: hisroc | February 15, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Lately, the postings on this blog are preceded by a screenful of white space just above the posting. The column at right is in the correct space, but I have to page down a long way to see the news item. Just mentioning in case others are seeing the same thing and it's something the Post can correct.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | February 15, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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