Virginia Senate spikes bill to rein in personal use of campaign cash

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Virginia State Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, left, listens along with Sen. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, right, during debate on a bill calling for the removal of the statue of former Sen. Harry Byrd from Capitol Square during the Senate session at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has effectively killed a measure that would have prevented politicians from putting campaign funds toward personal uses, with an exception for childcare-related expenses.  

Virginia has one of the least restrictive and policed campaign finance systems in the country and is an outlier in the nation for not already having such a ban.

But state lawmakers, who insist they want to work on the issue, have repeatedly balked in recent years at making a change.

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to send the bill back to committee.

That ended its chances for the year because the deadline for committee action has passed.

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