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Legislators rush to raise money

Anita Kumar

Legislators are scrambling to raise as much money as possible in the next couple days before the start of Wednesday's legislative session.

Virginia law prohibits them from fundraising during their 60-day legislative session, but they make up for it in the days before they convene. Virginia's ban applies to the governor and other statewide elected officials as well as legislators.

At least seven events are slated for today, including two hosted by House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R) and Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw (D).

Hundreds are expected to attend House Speaker Bill Howell's annual "night before session reception" at the post Jefferson Hotel tomorrow night. The Senate Democratic Caucus will hold a breakfast reception at the SunTrust building downtown, where tickets cost $500 to $12,000.

Del. Tim Hugo (R) and Sen. Steve Martin (R) also have fundraisers scheduled for tomorrow.

Del. Adam Ebbin (D) sent out a fundraising letter today counting down the time until the ban starts: 36 Hours, 15 Minutes. "Please respond as soon as possible - my ability to continue serving my constituents and the Commonwealth of Virginia depends on your support,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 11, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate  
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FYI: Richard Saslaw is a Democrat.

Posted by: alan8228 | January 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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