The Supreme Court is now weighing a case that could put an end to limits on individual campaign contributions.
Backers of the idea argue that as long as the donation is disclosed, the risk of corruption is minimal, but another view has emerged from the University of Virginia Law School.
By law, individuals can give no more than $48,600 per election cycle to federal candidates, but businessman Shawn McKutcheon objects. He says it’s his First Amendment right to give as much as he wants to as many candidates as he likes.
Republican State Senator Mark Obenshain is turning to a special court that includes the chief Richmond Circuit Court judge … to aid him in a ballot recount of the closest statewide race in modern Virginia history. Although his Democratic opponent, Mark Herring, has been certified the winner in the Attorney General's election by a 165-vote margin, Obenshain and his team believe there's a chance that votes were missed or might be invalidated.
With the election of Ralph Northam to be Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, his state senate seat will open, and there will be a special election to replace him. It’s a vote that could have statewide implications.
Virginia Attorney General candidate and State Senator Mark Obenshain isn’t accepting defeat now that an UNOFFICIAL Board of Elections tally gives his Democratic opponent, Senator Mark Herring, a 164-vote lead. Obenshain says it's too early to talk about a recount, but while he waits for the final numbers, he’s putting together a transition team-as permitted under state law.