Without naming donors, some nonprofits can spend to influence voters in ballot initiatives under Virginia election law; it adds up

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A nonprofit organization that is not required to identify its backers raised more than a half-million dollars last year and spent much of that money to influence voters to support extending light rail to Town Center… Continue Reading


Light rail, dark money: A conflict between election law and guidance is part of bigger transparency issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — It may be months before Virginia Beach citizens have any sense how much money light rail advocates spent to influence their votes on Election Day – and the sources of that money may never be… Continue Reading


Beach voters reject extending light rail from Newtown Station to Town Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach voters rejected efforts to extend The Tide from Newtown Station to Town Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The result of the advisory referendum reflects a repudiation of efforts by the city to expand the light… Continue Reading


Nonprofit light rail advocacy group named 2012 donors, but takes a different approach in 2016

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach Connex, a campaign seeking “yes” votes in the November light rail referendum, is part of  the nonprofit Light Rail Now, Inc., which was also active during the 2012 referendum about the Tide’s future… Continue Reading