Recently the Jeannemarie Davis for Lt. Governor campaign sent this email out to seek Delegates for the State GOP Convention (name redacted and email unedited including typos):
Date: Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Subject: DELEGATES FOR JEANNEMARIE DAVIS LT. GOVERNOR
Hi XXX, My name is Savannah Hinton on the staff to elect Jeannemarie Davis for Lt. Governor! Jeammnemarie is running against six other Republican candidates to get the nomination on May 18th. 2013. And, quite possibly the only one that can come out of Northern Virginia with a WIN, she a past House of Delegate, Past State Senator, plus just resigned from Gov. McDonald's Cabinet to run for Lt. Gov. full time.
We are very interested in getting the College Republicans at William and Mary College to support her. We are willing to pay $2.00 for every CR to sign up to be a Delegate and $8.00 if they actually for the convention.
If your organization is interested, please email me back or call for more information.
That would be a clear violation of Virginia Code 24.2-1007:
"No person shall solicit or accept directly or indirectly any money or any thing of value to influence his or another's vote in any election. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This section applies to any election and to any method used by a political party for selection of its nominees and for selection of delegates to its conventions and meetings."
I emailed Savannah from the Davis campaign for a comment, and she emailed back to say she no longer worked for the campaign and that she was "totally at fault". But field organizers do not have cash to be giving out- so obviously others in the campaign knew about this scheme and had approved it. With the campaign quickly in cover up mode, it will be up to local prosecutors to determine who knew what- and when.
I've asked other LG candidates for their comments on this, and will update as they respond:
Senator Ralph Northam: "Anytime money trumps democracy citizens lose. Here we have not only a convention, closed to the general electorate, but a candidate who is willing to try and buy those limited votes. I believe Virginia deserves better and that is why I am focusing my campaign on the grassroots, and talking to Virginia voters."