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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 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.

PAC Donations to Jim Gilmore's 2008 Senatorial Campaign,

Federal Election Commission

This Federal Election Commission report of PAC donations to 2008 Senate candidate Jim Gilmore reveal some of the sources for campaign funding. Why did Bank of America PAC contribute to Gilmore's campaign? What is the purpose of the Bluegrass…

Jim Gilmore Senate Campaign Ad,

Jim Gilmore for Senate

In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Gilmore compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Mark Warner to…

Mark Warner Senate Campaign Ad, 2008,

Mark Warner for Senate

In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Warner compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Jim Gilmore to…