Virginia enters the 21st century with online lobbyist registration.

At long, long last, the state is accepting lobbyist registrations and disclosures electronically. I gather that lobbyists must use this—they can’t keep filing on paper. Pssst, Virginia! Don’t make me FOIA these records, just let me download them! →

Energy bill opponents forged letters to Rep. Perriello.

A lobbying firm has admitted to forging letters to Rep. Tom Perriello in the names of a two Charlottesville groups, all asking him to vote against the energy bill. Professional astroturfers Bonner & Associates variously claimed to be “Marisse K. Acevado, Asst Member Coordinator” of Creciendo Juntos and various nonexistent members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville branch …