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Governor Proposes Campaign Finance, Voter Rules Reforms

Speaking from the Governor's Cabinet Conference room, McAuliffe reveals legislative proposals for the upcoming General Assembly session Craig Carper

Governor Terry McAuliffe has revealed another set of legislative proposals for the 2017 General Assembly session.

On Tuesday afternoon (1/10), a slightly-winded McAuliffe announed he is hoping to close what he deems an unfairly beneficial “loop hole” in state campaign finance rules for elected officials and candidates for public office.

“We are asking that campaign contributions can no longer be used for personal use,” McAuliffe said. “The current system is no better than allowing donors to put cash directly into the pockets of Virginia's political candidates.”

The Governor admitted he hasn’t personally advised fellow Democrats in the General Assembly against exploiting the technicality. He indicated to reporters he is willing to consider increasing lawmakers' compensation as part of comprehensive reform in hopes of discouraging acceptance of political money.

McAuliffe is also hoping lawmakers will expand the list of qualifying reasons to vote absentee by mail, as well as strike the absentee excuse requirement for voters who cast ballots in-person early.

McAuliffe says he will support a repeal of the state voter identification law enacted in 2013 even though it has twice been upheld by federal courts.