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Accountability | Virginia

Va. Delegate Bobby Orrock Raised 99.6% of Campaign Cash This Year From Corporations, Special Interests

By Cole Driver on July 30, 2019.

According to a review of public filings by American Ledger, Virginia Delegate Bobby Orrock has raised the overwhelming majority of his campaign funds -- 99.6% -- from large corporations and special interests. Only .4% of Orrock’s total campaign contributions raised since January 2019 came from individual donors.

The healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, in particular, have flooded Orrock’s campaign with cash. Between January and June 2019, Orrock received $16,000 from the Medical Society of Virginia. And in May, Orrock pocketed a $1,000 contribution from health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Accountability | Virginia

Bill DeSteph Held a Fundraiser at a Men’s-Only Club with a History of Anti-Semitism and Racism

By Cole Driver on July 19, 2019.

In June 2019, Bill DeSteph, a State Senator representing Virginia’s 8th district, held a fundraiser in a club which has a sordid history of denying admission to women, Jewish and black Americans.

The fundraiser, tabbed at $125 per person, was hosted at the historically all-male Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia, which was originally founded by former Confederate military officers.

Accountability | Virginia

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase’s Controversial Comments on Sexual Assault Cap Off Long Record of Opposing Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Legislation

By Cole Driver on July 16, 2019.

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase recently took to her Facebook page to blame women who have been raped for not carrying private firearms, stating “It’s those who are naïve and unprepared that end of [sic] raped.”

Chase, who represents Virginia’s 11th District, made the comments one day before she heralded herself a champion of women, stating that she believed every woman had a right “to protect themselves.”

Accountability | Virginia

Controversial Fringe Republican Paul Milde is Attempting to Buy His Seat in the Virginia House of Delegates

By Cole Driver on June 25, 2019.

Paul Milde, a controversial fringe Republican running to represent Virginia's 28th district in the House of Delegates, appears to be attempting to buy the seat for himself after records indicate only 2% of his donations come from individuals other than himself.

Health Care | Virginia

Va. Delegate Tim Hugo Has Voted 16 Times to Allow Insurance Companies to Deny Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions, Taken Over $280,000 From Healthcare Industry

By Cole Driver on June 19, 2019.

Va. State Delegate Tim Hugo voted 16 times in only 2 years for bills in the state legislature that allow insurance providers to deny health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Health Care | Virginia

Virginia State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant Called Medicaid Supporters “Crybaby Politicians,” Voted Repeatedly Against Medicaid Expansion

By Cole Driver on June 17, 2019.

Dunnavant voted repeatedly against Medicaid expansion for an estimated 6,000 of her constituents and derided politicians supporting the expansion of the health care program  as “crybaby politicians.”

Accountability | Virginia

Va. State Senators Bryce Reeves and Glen Sturtevant Blocked Bill That Would Have Banned Deadly Gun Magazine Used In Virginia Beach Shooting

By Cole Driver on June 4, 2019.

Less than six months before last week's deadly shooting in Virginia Beach, Republican Va. state Senators Bryce Reeves and Glen Sturtevant prevented a bill from passing the state legislature that would have banned the sale of high-capacity magazines similar to those used in the rampage.

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