As I mentioned in a previous article, there were several organizations and individuals who gave freely of their money, at some point to a non-candidate by definition, and sometimes after the committee to elect Charnielle Herring was formed in late August and before there was a vacancy or reason to file.
All of the information I am cataloguing will go to the State Board of Elections, in Richmond, where I am filing a complaint about election irregularities in the December election of Herring to replace Brian Moran. Moran is now the Commissioner of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia NOW PAC, of Falls Church, VA was one such organization. I am unaware who headed that organization at the time.
Granted, the donation wasn’t a lot, but it was still given with the idea of electing someone. Someone who was running a campaign without a committee, without a treasurer or Statement of Organization, all violations of Virginia Code.
At the time, January 4, 2008, there was no vacancy in the 46th District. It was occupied by Brian Moran, a party leader and a leader for Democrats in the House. An erstwhile candidate for Governor.
Other donations were given before the campaign became public, and during 4 months of ‘secrecy’ between late August and the “surprise”of Charnielle Herring when Moran announced his resignation in December.