Del. Sam Rasoul calls for amending U.S., Virginia constitutions to limit corruption

sam rasoulDelegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has announced that he will call for changes to the constitutions of both the United States and Virginia during the upcoming 2015 General Assembly session. Rasoul aims to restore fairness to elections and end gerrymandering via the legislation.

According to Rasoul, the legislation seeks to make systemic changes impacting the root causes of government corruption.  “We cannot truly fix corruption in politics just by imposing stricter limits on gifts.  There also has to be an overhaul of the system that has allowed it to perpetuate in the first place,” he stated.

A resolution he is introducing, HJ 545, calls for a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to ensure fair and free elections.  “Bold action to stop corruption must be taken on both the state and federal level,” said Rasoul. “Citizens simply aren’t seeing the changes they want and deserve, so it’s time for Virginia to join other states in calling for a Constitutional Convention.” The procedure for bringing about a Constitutional Convention comes from Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

Similar resolutions have already passed in Illinois, Vermont, and California. The measure is being proposed in other state legislatures and seeks to address mounting public pressure to restore fairness to the election process. Specifically, the proposal would limit the influence corporations and special interest groups have through campaign spending. “The amount of money spent on elections has grown exponentially, and that just doesn’t sit well with the people we serve,” said Rasoul.

Rasoul will also put forth a bill to amend the Constitution of Virginia in order to end gerrymandering. “Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around,” said Rasoul. “Gerrymandering is the biggest cause of dysfunction, polarization, and gridlock in our legislative bodies. Other states have successfully ended it and there’s no reason we shouldn’t join them.”

The measure would take the job of redistricting out of the hands of the General Assembly and give that power to an independent body known as the Virginia Redistricting Commission. No member of the Commission or a member of his or her immediate family could be a member or employee of Congress, the General Assembly, or be employed to lobby in front of either.

“Tackling electoral misconduct and gerrymandering really gets to the root of political corruption issues. I hope that my colleagues in the General Assembly will join me in addressing these problems and giving a greater voice back to the people we serve,” said Rasoul.

Delegate Rasoul added that he would like to see an ethics commission with subpoena power to help keep legislators honest.


The legislation will be introduced in the General Assembly once the 2015 session convenes on January 14th.

augusta free press
augusta free press news

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Buy here.

AFP Business

As professional consultants, Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including website design, SEO, TV/radio, video work, branding and logos, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation. Augusta Free Press LLC was founded in 2002.

Web Design

Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design, content development and SEO. Short on staff? We’ll work with you to update your AFP-designed website in a timely manner or train your staff to make changes.

Marketing/Social Media Management

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Graphic Design

Augusta Free Press will help you take your vision to the next level. From branding and logos to print materials, our team will work with you to develop products to showcase your business. From brochures and rack cards to full-color magazines or print/digital ads, we’ve got you covered.

Event Planning/Fundraising

Augusta Free Press will help you plan the best event for your organization. From an open house or anniversary to a 5K or Pay Per View, we can handle it all. Looking for training for your sales staff? We can help energize your employees or board. Need ideas to raise more money? Let us help you plan a successful event. Want to hold a news conference or need help with a press release? We can do that too.

Click here for more.