God, Guns, and a Good Time rally gun raffle for Bob Good campaign violated Virginia gambling and election law

God, Guns, and a Good Time rally gun raffle for Bob Good campaign violated Virginia gambling and election law

God, Guns, and a Good Time rally gun raffle for Bob Good campaign violated Virginia gambling and election law FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – Republican voters and officials gathered for the God, Guns, and a Good Time Rally in Fluvanna County on Saturday, September 26. At that event, a raffle held in the name of Bob Good’s campaign for Congress appears to have violated state gambling and campaign finance laws. The raffle in question offered an AR-15 as the top prize and a bolt action rifle for the runner-up. Third place received a gift card. The prizes are actually not an issue according to Virginia law, the raffle itself is where the problem lies. According to the Virginia Code, raffles are considered charitable gambling, like bingo. However, charitable gambling events are only allowed as fundraisers for groups, “operated exclusively for religious, charitable, community or educational purposes.” Political groups and campaigns don’t qualify. “Accordingly, it is my opinion that a political party may not conduct a raffle as a form of charitable gaming in the Commonwealth, as it is not an entity specifically chartered or organized for religious, charitable, community, or educational purposes," Herring wrote in an advisory opinion for a similar situation in a General Assembly race at the time. Virginia’s Department of Elections agrees. As of their last Election Guideline update in 2019, the department encourages candidates and political parties to avoid raffles in part due to them not providing proper identification of participants, who are effectively becoming […]

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