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McAuliffe Calls for Ban on Lobbyist Gifts

Anita Kumar

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe proposed today a complete ban on gifts from lobbyists to Virginia lawmakers and members of the executive branch.

He also said he would create a state-run Website that would detail lawmakers' campaign contributions, bills and the state budget. Those items are already available on various Websites but McAuliffe said he would put them all together in a more user friendly way.

McAuliffe's plan also calls for an online database of government contracts and improved ethics courses.

"As we work to grow our economy and create jobs across the Commonwealth, we must lead by example and demonstrate to taxpayers that their money is being spent fairly and wisely," McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe also pledged not to take any corporate contributions from companies receiving taxpayer-funded bailout money.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 26, 2009; 3:23 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Terry McAuliffe represents the worst of America. His hyper-left political extremism and totally polarizing rhetoric, if successful, will send Virginia into the trash heap of states that includes Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts ... places where any sort of moral future will never be realized as long as the radical, America-hating left reigns. He has an incredibly sordid past when it omes to ethical conduct, and for him to even address the topic of regulating lobbying is the ultimate slap in the face to Virginians. Mr McAuliffe, please move back to Oakland, a city with which you have much more in common ...

Posted by: LT369 | March 26, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

First time for everything. Here we have the horse itself suggesting we close the barn door after his escape, in McAuliffe's case with 300+ million - 18 million on an $80,000.00 investment in Global Crossing alone while Chair of the DNC.
But do not fear my republican friend you have your own McAullife types festering in the farm league. McAuliffe owes no ideological allegiance to the dems. They were in power when he came on board so he has hitched a ride. He is an opportunist. Virginia is his latest (and only having way overplayed his hand on the national scene)scam to play.

Nationally the republicans were in power long enough to attract all kinds of baggage. In Virginia they should be gleeful about running against McAuliffe. They'll get all the republican votes and most of the votes of informed democrats.

The Governor's Mansion is not the kind of "statehouse" Terry should be headed to but so far no one has given his shenanigans the scrutiny they deserve.

Posted by: JEGrim | March 26, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I won't even verify the first comment because it lacks any type of academic or serious value. The second response is false at face value; how does owning a business make you a scam artist? My father owned businesses; does this make him a scam artist, too, and ineligible to run for office? Why don't you stipulate a Constitutional change and limit who can run for office to your liking? The resulting tyranny will accentuate your misguided intolerance and will undoubtedly underscore a fundamental flaw in your view of the structure of American politics.

To top it off, Terry McAuliffe has been a Democrat his whole life. If you want to question his allegiance on grounds of his successful business ventures, then you might as well question Senator Mark Warner's own allegiance. I just see that as the logical equivalent of running into a wall.

And what shenanigans of Terry's are you talking about? His plan for attracting energy and business to Virginia? Prove to us how he has failed. To top it off, he doesn't lobby! I'd be careful to check your facts before you make allegations!

Feel free to align yourselves behind McDonnell. Just be wary that his neglect of Federal standards for environmental safety [i.e. the North Anna matter] has cost our Commonwealth tons of unnecessary spending from legal fees to delayed implementation. He's hardly a steward of our Commonwealth when it comes to economic sanity. The very deregulation of guidelines for nuclear power in the Commonwealth is proven to cost far more in impact mitigation than it costs to regulate [on safety grounds!] in the first place.

If we call a successful individual an opportunist for running, who is a correct candidate? All of the candidates are successful in varying degrees, whether it relates to wealth, power or stature. Where do you draw the line? Isn't this America? Shouldn't we be able to run for office if we want to do so without being slandered for the actual act of running for office?

The bells of liberty stop chiming once base forms of populism grab the reins of tyranny and curtail Constitutional guarantees of freedom to run for office.

Posted by: robsmithiii | March 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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