Democrats postpone this year's Jefferson Jackson dinner
Every year, Republicans criticize Democrats for holding their party's annual black-tie Jefferson Jackson dinner fundraiser on this very weekend In February.
That's because Virginia law bars members of the General Assembly from raising money during the regularly scheduled legislative session.
But this year, there will be no JJ dinner -- not during session anyway.
Democrats have decided to delay the event until March 20 after the session ends.
Party spokesman Jared Leopold said the event wasn't postponed to avoid Republican criticism, but privately some Democratic legislators say they told party officials they didn't want to give the GOP any ammunition this year.
Leopold say they wanted more time to put the event together given the transition in the governor's mansion to the first Republican in eight years.
This year's dinner will coincide with a weekend of activities, including grassroots training for many newly elected local committee chairmen.
Democrats argue that attendance at the JJ dinner is allowed anytime -- even during session -- because they are raising money for the party, not themselves.
Last year, for the third year in a row, the House passed a bill that would ban lawmakers and statewide officials from attending fundraising events sponsored by a political party, lobbyist or campaign contributors during the legislative session. The Senate killed the bill.
February 13, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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