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Demand Transparency for Virginia Taxpayers!

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Do you know what you’re buying with your Virginia tax dollars? How could you, when Legislators and corporate lobbyists hold secret meetings? In the wake of scandal, it’s time for greater transparency in Virginia.

Senate Bill 500 will stop all public officials from paying their way with your taxpayer dollars when they go to meetings held by the infamous corporate bill factory ALEC-- the American Legislative Exchange Council. 

For years, we have been paying out of our pockets for Legislators to attend closed-door meetings with out-of-state lobbyists for corporate interests, including ALEC. Ending it now is essential to restore accountability and transparency in Virginia.  

Tell your Delegate to vote YES on SB 500!


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Vote YES on SB 500

Dear [Decision Maker],

The Virginia Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 500, which will end taypayer funding for legislators to attend conferences where the materials or agendas are not made readily available to the public. I am writing to you today to ask you to support this bill in the House.

It's entirely inappropriate for taxpayer dollars to pay for our elected officials to meet and draft legislation with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors. The Senate has taken a major step forward towards transparency and accountability. I strongly encourage you to lead the House in following suit and vote YES on SB 500.

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