July 19, 2020

Clean Virginia Statement on Senator Amanda Chase

“Clean Virginia was founded to combat corrupt and undue utility monopoly influence in Virginia’s energy sector. As an essential part of that mission, we provide no-strings-attached funding to any member of the General Assembly, irrespective of party or politics, who has a principled stance against taking contributions from and owning stock in the utility monopolies they regulate. As Senator Chase holds this position, Clean Virginia contributed to her State Senate candidacy for the past two years. However,her divisive and dangerous response to the nationwide calls for racial justice is simply unacceptable and in direct opposition to Clean Virginia’s values. Clean Virginia unequivocally condemns her rhetoric and actions in support of white supremacy. In response to these actions, which followed our 2020 General Assembly giving cycle, we will no longer contribute to Senator Chase’s candidacy for any office, including Senator or Governor. Indeed, if we had been more attuned to her statements made during this year’s General Assembly session we would not have made a standard annual contribution. ”

– Brennan Gilmore, Clean Virginia Executive Director

Clean Virginia Fund, Clean Virginia’s Political Action Committee, operates with a transparent, predictable giving policy for the General Assembly: Clean Virginia Fund will donate $2,500 and $5,000 a year to House Delegate or State Senator candidates or incumbents, respectively, if they refuse contributions from Virginia’s regulated utility monopolies (i.e., Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power Company) and their employed registered lobbyists and do not own stock in those corporations. This policy means that we support legislators from both parties and a wide variety of political viewpoints, and often may not agree with these legislators on issues beyond the scope of having a principled stance against accepting money from the utilities they regulate.