In their lead editorial today, the Roanoke Times writes:
U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Rocky Mount, has received more than $80,000 in campaign donations from MZM employees in the last two election cycles. According to The Washington Post, Goode was the principal sponsor of a provision in defense legislation that created a military center in his district to check on the ownership of foreign companies that receive defense work. MZM got the contract to run the center.
In pushing for the center, which the Pentagon had not requested, Goode was working on MZM’s behalf, The Post reported in June.
No one has accused Goode of wrongdoing, but — as with nearly every member of Congress who must raise millions of dollars to run expensive political campaigns — Goode’s constituents should wonder whether Goode is looking out for the best interests of his district and the nation, or the best interests of huge donors.