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New Virginia Ethics Laws Take Effect Tomorrow; More Changes May Come in 2015

Those active in Virginia politics should note that portions of Virginia’s new ethics law take effect tomorrow, July 1, 2014, including the new $250 annual limit on “tangible” gifts from lobbyists and government contractors.

Governor Terry McAuliffe has said that this is not the end of ethics reform in Virginia.  Earlier this month, he used his line-item veto to defund the newly-created ethics commission.  He explained that he thought the new laws were too weak and it was not worth creating the commission because he plans to introduce another, tougher ethics bill in the 2015 General Assembly session.

In addition to the new law, Virginia’s executive order on ethics also remains in effect.

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Andrew Garrahan, Public policy attorney, Covington Burling
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Andrew Garrahan represents and counsels clients at the intersection of law and politics. He guides them through both regulatory compliance issues and government investigations on matters including state and federal campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, and corruption.

Mr. Garrahan’s prior career in political fundraising gives him a unique perspective on the challenges faced by his clients, which include corporations, candidates, government officials, political and nonprofit organizations, and private individuals.

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