This past week, we’ve heard speeches and speeches about how Democrats would never e-v-e-r even think of fundraising during the General Assembly session.
Except, on the Democratic blog www.vbdems.org and the fundraising website www.actblue.com, they continue to do so. Del. Bobby Mathieson and Del. Joe Bouchard have specific fundraising appeals on VBDems’ blog, a site that they surely have visited.
Not only is it illegal to solicit contributions during a General Assembly session, anyone who “aids, abets, or participates in the violation of” the ban also violates the law. (24.2-954)
This screenshot was taken today:
VBDems focuses on Virginia Beach Delegates and Act Blue raises money for every Democratic member of the Virginia House and Senate by name!!!
Act Blue even lists how much was raised for each Delegate and Senator so far. ($2,105 for Mathieson, for example). It would be hard to believe any claims that knowledge of these appeals didn’t exist when they’ve accepted contributions from them.
Seems like VBDems and ActBlue continue to “aid, abet and participate” in illegal fundraising, and the elected officials who are complicit in these efforts have a lot to answer for as well.