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No Rules Means no Accountability for Virginia Campaign Funds

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    Virginia has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, with virtually no rules on what lawmakers can spend money on, including themselves.  More

    Virginia has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, with virtually no rules on what lawmakers can spend money on, including themselves. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Campaign finance records show the businesses that lobby Virginia politicians are also subsidizing meals at fancy restaurants, stays in the finest hotels, and personal expenses like gas and cellphone bills through campaign donations.
    
Lawmakers in Virginia seldom face serious challenges; only a handful of races were seriously contested in 2015, and not a single incumbent lost in the general election. That means politicians who run up huge fundraising accounts to scare off challengers don't have to spend the money on campaigning.
    
Virginia is the only state where lawmakers can raise unlimited campaign donations from anyone, including corporations and unions, and spend the money on whatever they want.

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