With control of the state House and Senate at stake, Virginia's 2023 elections have broken state fundraising records. Several close-fought races have brought in around $10 million each.
A limitless "housekeeping" account is being used to rake in donations this year from casino developers, DoorDash, and healthcare groups that are lobbying the state.
Advocates for a groundbreaking New York public campaign financing program await word of its funding level in the "Big Ugly" budget bill.
Lamb has embraced the super PAC despite calling for Citizens United to be overturned.
Sludge asked over two dozen corporate trade associations if they would follow their member companies in cutting off PAC donations to the Republican election objectors. Most declined to say they would.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) is likely to be the first to abandon the campaign finance pledge, after promising voters before she was elected that “this kind of pay-to-play governance is unacceptable.”
We spoke with Rep. John Larson, the House sponsor of previous versions of the Fair Elections Now Act, about the last time Democrats had a chance to pass campaign finance reform in 2009.