2014 Congressional Candidates

Elliott Fausz(VA-04)
Lawrence Gaughan(VA-05)
Jack Trammell(VA-07)
Don Beyer(VA-08)
John Foust(VA-10)
Rep. Gerry Connolly(VA-11)

In the News

Is Barbara Comstock Dodging Taxes?

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Barbara Comstock has made taxes a campaign issue, lobbing baseless attacks on John Foust while completely ignoring her own tumultuous relationship with finances. What she hasn't said is that not only did her own property taxes go down since John Foust first became Supervisor, but it now appears that she has been mis-classifying campaign staff as independent contractors to avoid paying payroll taxes.

A look through publicly available tax records shows over a hundred thousand dollars spent on payments classified as consulting "staff." Less was spent on payroll or salary payments. By classifying staffers as consultants, Comstock can avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes and contributions to Medicare and Social Security.

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Statement from Virginia Democrats Condemning Hateful Attacks from Top VA GOP Adviser

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Today, senior Virginia GOP adviser Steve Waters unleashed a barrage of unacceptable, offensive and wholly inappropriate attacks on LGBT individuals. Waters has worked for and advised a wide range of Virginia Republicans, including U.S. Senator George Allen, Delegate Bob Marshall, and current Congressional candidate David Brat. In light of his hateful behavior, the Democratic Party of Virginia released a statement from State Senator Donald McEachin:
 
"Senselessly attacking a group of people like this is far beyond unacceptable and cannot go without repercussion," said Senator Donald McEachin. "His open hatred for LGBT individuals bizarrely coupled with blatantly false medical claims has no place in Virginia discourse. Given the progress Virginia has made in recent months towards inclusion and equality, it would be unacceptable for Republicans to allow such ignorant behavior to set the Commonwealth back. Republican leadership and all Virginia Republicans, many of whom have relied on Steve Waters' guidance, should condemn his actions immediately."

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Barbara Comstock Doubles Down on Offensive Insult to Immigrants

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As if offending Virginians last month wasn't enough, Barbara Comstock has doubled down on her disparaging statements comparing immigrants to shipping cargo. In a recent Fairfax Times interview, Comstock repeats her dehumanizing line that "If FedEx can track every package, we can track who comes into this country." 
 
While demographics in Virginia and the 10th District continue to shift to include more immigrants and New Americans, it's clear that tone-deaf Comstock has fallen far behind the times when it comes to basic human respect. Virginians deserve a Member of Congress who will approach the issue of comprehensive immigration reform with seriousness and decorum, not extremist insults.
 
"Virginians need a Member of Congress who respects all people, not ideologues hurtling careless insults to pander to the extreme right wing," said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Rather than apologize for her offensive remarks, she's continued to prioritize Tea Party radicals over her own constituents. This type of hurtful rhetoric is far below the standards we expect from our elected officials, and far short of what the 10th District deserves."
 

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