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Donations to Speaker's PAC could deepen voter cynicism, political scientists say

Donations to Speaker's PAC could deepen voter cynicism, political scientists say

A pattern of big donations by legislators to House Speaker William J. Howell's political action committee followed by plum committee assignments raises questions about another potential loophole in Virginia ethics law, some political scientists say. And it's the kind of pattern that's likely to contribute to Virginians' growing cynicism about politics. A Daily Press review last week of Howell's Dominion Leadership Trust donations and his appointments to committees found that since the speaker founded his Dominion Leadership Trust in 2002: •71 House members who gave to the PAC in the final months before a General Assembly session won promotions in the...

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