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About 1 in 5 state lawmakers have more than $50,000 in debt

About one in five Virginia legislators list having at least $50,000 in personal debt besides a mortgage, an analysis of financial disclosure forms by The Associated Press has found. But state's ethics laws don't currently require lawmakers to offer much detail about the debts. That means the public wouldn't be able to tell if an elected official has a mountain of credit card bills similar to what prosecutors suggested helped drive former Gov. Bob McDonnell into taking bribes from a smooth-talking vitamin salesman. McDonnell entered office in 2010 with $75,000 in credit card debt, information that only became public last year during his corruption trial. On the personal...

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