For Immediate Release
Date: May 8, 2017
Contact: Ofirah Yheskel, firstname.lastname@example.org
RELEASE: Lt. Governor Northam Announces Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform Package
Richmond, Va. – Today, Ralph Northam announced a series of proposals to reform Virginia’s campaign finance system, including banning corporate contributions and capping contributions to candidates at $10,000 from all donors except political party committees.
This comes on top of his proposal for a DISCLOSE Act, which would require dark money groups, regardless of their tax status, to disclose their contributors if they spend money to influence Virginia’s elections.
The full set of proposed reforms include:
Reforming Virginia’s redistricting laws, like Ralph Northam has been fighting to do for nearly a decade
Banning contributions to candidates or committees from corporations and businesses
Capping contributions at $10,000 from all donors except political party committees
Mandating donor disclosure for nonprofits seeking to influence Virginia’s elections
Banning personal use of campaign funds
Supporting a federal constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
Lt. Governor Northam released the following statement with regards to his proposed reforms:
“Virginia’s campaign finance system is a boondoggle that alienates its citizens and makes them lose faith in government. Virginians across every part of the political spectrum want a system that is more responsive to the people, and less reliant on big checks from a few donors. If we implement some commonsense reforms including a ban on corporate contributions and capping donations to candidates, I believe our state government can take a huge step forward in regaining the people’s trust and show Congress that it must move to end Citizens United.”
Lt. Governor Northam is proud to have received 45,000 individual contributions with 92% being $100 or less, and more than 85% of the total amount raised coming from Virginians.