Not-so-thinly veiled threats by Democratic state senators demanding that a business group overturn its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli could lead to tougher Virginia ethics laws.
As Watchdog.org reported last month, three Democrats pressured the Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC in a series of pugnacious emails.
“The ramifications of (Cuccinelli) being endorsed will be huge within the Senate Democratic Caucus,” Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, warned the PAC.
“The response (from legislators) will be frigid and doors will be closed (when the council seeks help with its legislative agenda). Achieving the goals of NVTC will be difficult to impossible.”
The email threats – echoed by Sens. Dick Saslaw, D-Fairfax, and Barbara Vavola, D-Arlington – failed to sway the PAC, but could ignite a legal blowback.
Section 18.2-447 of the Virginia Code prohibits “any benefit offered, conferred or agreed to be conferred as consideration for or to obtain or influence either the recipient’s decision, opinion, recommendation, vote or other exercise of official discretion.”