RICHMOND, Va. – According to the most recent finance reports from the Virginia Department of Elections, Virginia House GOP candidates Subba Kolla, Eddie Whitlock and Delegate Scott Lingamfelter collectively accepted thousands of dollars from the gun lobby shortly after the shooting in Las Vegas on October 1.
The donations came from both the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
Lingamfelter and Whitlock accepted $2,000 and $1,000 respectively from the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which opposes universal background checks and closing the gun show loophole.
Kolla and Whitlock each received $250 donations from the NRA, with Kolla’s donation coming only four days after the violence in Las Vegas.
“The decision to accept money from the gun lobby just days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history speaks directly to the loyalties of Kolla, Whitlock and Lingamfelter,” said Katie Baker, spokeswoman for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. “These groups work vehemently against common-sense gun laws for Virginia – in fact, the VCDL fights virtually every attempt at gun reform in the Commonwealth. These are laws that would save lives and protect our communities; if Kolla, Whitlock and Lingamfelter stand with the gun lobby, then they stand against a safer Virginia.”
In past sessions, Delegate Lingamfelter has voted to pass bills that would make it easier to purchase grenades and rocket launchers, loosen gun safety rules in foster homes, and allow guns in emergency shelters.