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Should Steve Shannon Call For Ethics Investigation of Himself, Deeds and Wagner?

As we reported last night, Democratic candidate for Attorney General Steve Shannon took $50,000 from Robin Abbott’s Law Firm and has begun a relentless attack on Republican Delegate Phil Hamilton, Abbott’s opponent. The ethics questions in this matter are obvious.

Steve Shannon put out a press release titled Accountability in Government. Keeping in mind that Steve Shannon is a member of the House of Delegates, he would also be subject to the same laws and ethics code to which he holds fellow Delegate Phil Hamilton. And taking $50,000 from Hamilton’s opponent could definitely be seen as causing “a reasonable person to question the legislator’s impartiality in the matter affecting the donor.

Shannon quotes the Virginia Code in his press release. Perhaps Shannon should also take a look at his actions to determine his own compliance with the Statutes:

§ 30-103 – 10.
Accept a gift from a person who has interests that may be substantially affected by the performance of the legislator’s official duties under circumstances where the timing and nature of the gift would cause a reasonable person to question the legislator’s impartiality in the matter affecting the donor. Violations of this subdivision shall not be subject to criminal law penalties; or

As a matter of fact, all three of the Democrats running for State office, Candidate for Governor and current Senator Creigh Deeds, Candidate for Lt. Governor and current Treasurer Jody Wagner as well as Shannon are all in potential violation of the ethics code, as they all accepted money. (Note – Section 2.2-3103 – 8 would be applicable to Wagner.)

Will Steve Shannon call for an ethics investigation into his and his ticket mate’s possible ethics violation for accepting a combined amount of over $122,000 and then attacking Phil Hamilton?

Somehow I have to believe Steve Shannon’s indignation at ethics violations extends only to Republicans.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

12 Responses to “Should Steve Shannon Call For Ethics Investigation of Himself, Deeds and Wagner?”

  1. Reen says:

    Where did you get your law degree? This statute is referring to money taken which could affect a legislator's "performance of his official duties" i.e. sponsoring and promoting legislation…The legislature isn't even in session right now even if your premise was that the campaign donation was an attempt to influence "official duties". And Shannon isn't running for the legislature. Good grief!

  2. Reen says:

    Where did you get your law degree? This statute is referring to money taken which could affect a legislator's "performance of his official duties" i.e. sponsoring and promoting legislation…The legislature isn't even in session right now even if your premise was that the campaign donation was an attempt to influence "official duties". And Shannon isn't running for the legislature. Good grief!

  3. Tom White says:

    All but Wagner are current members of the Legislature. If you are saying this is only applicable during session, I will have to say I am not finding that limitation in the Statute. And Wagner is covered by another section as I pointed out. So, I believe the law is in play.

    Are you saying that if Phil Hamilton sent the emails outside of session dates it is not a problem?

    And last time I checked, one is expected to know and follow the law even without a law degree. I have yet to have one attorney tell me the laws don't apply to Shannon.

    Shannon is a member of the legislature. Good grief!

  4. Reen says:

    Please talk to a lawyer. The statute relates to legislators taking bribes that would influence how they vote on legislation. Running for office is not an "official duty" and developing a campaign strategy is not an "official duty". I am not going to waste time explaining this to you. Talk to a lawyer before you give a lay person's view of what this statue is about. It's not ambiguous in the least.

  5. Reen says:

    Please talk to a lawyer. The statute relates to legislators taking bribes that would influence how they vote on legislation. Running for office is not an "official duty" and developing a campaign strategy is not an "official duty". I am not going to waste time explaining this to you. Talk to a lawyer before you give a lay person's view of what this statue is about. It's not ambiguous in the least.

  6. john says:

    This application to the law is crap, canidates donate to each other all the time . If you check the donations Mcdonald has donated to cuchinelli several times. This view is a waste of readers time. Hamilton has abused his office and the republinuts dont want to loose the seat . well heres news get ready to kiss hamitons seat and may more of the republinuts seats good bye. The people have not forgotten what the republinuts did across the US and Va.. bye republinut

  7. john says:

    This application to the law is crap, canidates donate to each other all the time . If you check the donations Mcdonald has donated to cuchinelli several times. This view is a waste of readers time. Hamilton has abused his office and the republinuts dont want to loose the seat . well heres news get ready to kiss hamitons seat and may more of the republinuts seats good bye. The people have not forgotten what the republinuts did across the US and Va.. bye republinut

  8. Sanity says:

    Can someone explain to me how a sane person can believe that selling a liquor store and putting up a toll booth can pay bills for transportation? Deeds at least tells the truth in facing the facts that we may have to raise taxes to keep traffic moving and business growing in Virginia?

  9. Sanity says:

    Can someone explain to me how a sane person can believe that selling a liquor store and putting up a toll booth can pay bills for transportation? Deeds at least tells the truth in facing the facts that we may have to raise taxes to keep traffic moving and business growing in Virginia?

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