Campaign contributions; prohibits candidate from accepting stored value cards. (HB1658)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) with support from co-patrons Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), and Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Campaign contributions; stored value cards; prohibition. Provides that campaign contributions made through a stored value card may never be accepted. The bill also defines the term "stored value card." Read the Bill »


02/17/2009: Failed to Pass in Committee


12/15/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090287616
12/15/2008Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2009Assigned P & E sub: Campaign Finance
01/21/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
01/23/2009Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2009Read first time
01/27/2009Passed by for the day
01/28/2009Passed by temporarily
01/28/2009Read second time
01/28/2009Passed by for the day
01/29/2009Read second time
01/29/2009Passed by temporarily
01/29/2009Amendments by Delegate Sickles agreed to
01/29/2009Amendments by Delegate Armstrong rejected (40-Y 56-N)
01/29/2009VOTE: --- REJECTED (40-Y 56-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2009Engrossed by House as amended HB1658E
01/29/2009Printed as engrossed 090287616-E
01/30/2009Read third time and passed House (83-Y 12-N)
01/30/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (83-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/17/2009Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 43 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

I think that the function of this is to prohibit contributions from pre-paid credit cards, the sort that one can buy at the counter at 7-11.

Waldo J., tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

One effect of this would be, based on my reading of this law, to prohibit donations via PayPal. After all, it's an "electronic payment instrument" that contains "encoded information given in exchange for money" where the "electronic payment instrument represents a dollar value that the authorized card user can utilize." Prohibiting PayPal donations to campaigns is a terrible, terrible idea.