LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Money Shouldn’t Be All That Talks In Politics | Editorial
Should the people with the most money make the laws in Virginia?
There is a cycle. To write laws, legislators must be elected. They need the money to get elected. It is often the one with the most money who is elected because he can get his name in front of more people. Companies and industry lobbyists who give them money are asking in return for laws that facilitate their business transactions.
Lawmakers say they don’t let these big campaign contributions influence their legislation, but how can you believe that? If they had no impact on the legislation, why would they give money to candidates?
Who gives money to applicants in Virginia? The candidates for the 56th constituency of the General Assembly present a stark contrast. From his own campaign fundraising reports, we see that John McGuire received a considerable amount of donations from Dominion Energy and industry lobby groups, such as the Automobile Dealers Association and Wholesalers in beer.
His opponent, Blakely Lockhart, meanwhile, relies on small donations from ordinary people and has vowed to refuse Dominion donations.
What interests will be represented when bills are proposed and voted on? I want our legislators to work together to solve our problems without being under pressure to meet the demands of major donors.