The Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors races are going to be interesting this year. Take note: local politics matter.
The Virginia Public Access Project is a non profit group that demonstrates how technology can improve public understanding of money’s role in Virginia politics.
VPAP was formed to address a long-standing problem with Virginia’s system of financing state and local election campaigns. Virginia imposes no limits on campaign contributions. The sky is the limit, as long as candidates file reports that identify donors who give more than $100. For decades, however, the public had no practical way to view â€” much less analyze â€” the paper disclosure reports on file at the State Board of Elections and local voter registrars.
If you don’t think local politics matter, read this story in yesterday’s Daily Progress about the proposed ramp at Best Buy â€¦ you have City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and VDOT folks discussing a transportation project that will affect how many of us get around.
Heck, John Grisham is mighty involved in local politics, having given $20k to local candidates over the past two years. So are Realtors. One gentleman has given over $600k in the past two years to Republicans across Virginia.
Note: The awesome Charlottesville Tomorrow donates to VPAP to keep our local election data there and transparent.
I will be sitting on the local Realtors’ candidate funding task force this year in which we choose to fund and I have donated very small amounts to VPAP over the years. In fact, you too can donate to VPAP.