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Mims Elected Attorney General of Virginia,

David Clementson

This press release discusses the mid-term transition between Attorney Generals. Former Attorney General Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell resigned from office in order to run for Governor. As this happened between elections, the General Assembly…

Mike Signer for Lieutenant Governor: "Wait Around",

MikeSignerforLG

Mike Signer, one Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, tries to redefine the role of the Lieutenant Governor in his campaign ad. As he describes it, many people think the Lieutenant Governor only "waits around" for something to happen to the…

Taking on the Systems that are Failing Working Virginians,

Mike Signer

In this press release, Democrat Mike Signer announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the 2009 election. Signer raises issues he plans to address during his campaign.

How do political parties organize to win elections? How do…

Muldoon Announces for Lieutenant Governor, Calls Candidacy a 'Choice, not an Echo',

Steve Waters

In this press release, Republican Patrick Muldoon announces his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the 2009 election. Muldoon raises issues he plans to address during his campaign. He also makes reference to his opponent in the primaries, incumbent…

Political Activity for Public Servants (Hatch Act),

U.S. Office of Special Counsel

These Hatch Act guidelines outline the legal restrictions placed on government employees’ involvement in political activities. This website is aimed at state, federal, and local government officials, and it offers a window into potentially problematic areas of government. How may state and federal officials participate in political campaigns? When does it become a conflict of interest? These questions and more could form the basis of a classroom discussion or a research project.

Virginia Public Access Project,

VPAP

The Virginia Public Access Project is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which strives to provide information to the public about Virginia campaign donations through computer technology. Their website offers maps of where legislator’s donations come from, the size of their donations, and lists of contributors. There is also information on lobbyists, donors, vendors, and committees. In addition to using the wealth of information on this site, students may benefit from comparing it to the Virginia State Board of Elections Campaign Finance Website. How does a private group’s portrayal of campaign financing differ from the government website?

Virginia Voter Registration,

Virginia State Board of Elections

The Virginia State Board of Elections publishes voter registration information. Eligible citizens can use this site to register to vote, and get involved in the political process. Even those who can’t vote may use this website as a way to encourage friends of family members to vote.

Virginia Campaign Finance Website,

Virginia State Board of Elections

This website offers government-mandated disclosure information for campaign finance contributions to candidates for Virginia state and local elections. Members of the public can view sometimes-surprising information about who made large contributions to Virginia candidates and political committees. PACs range from the Cigar Association of Virginia to the Virginia Taxicab Association. This website raises questions about the role of PACs and campaign finance, and can lead to discussions of these issues.