Politifact Virginia: Donations to Del. Armstrong

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - State House Minority Leader, Ward Armstrong, often criticizes the Appalachian Power Company which provides power to a big part of southwest Virginia. He complains the company raised their rates 14 times, over the past 4 years. Armstrong said he won't take money from the utility, but has it always been that way?

According to the reporters at Politifact Virginia, Armstrong's position on taking money, from AP-CO, is a "full flop".

According to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, Delegate Armstrong -- has received more than $100,000 from electric companies between 2007 and 2010.

$81,000 from Dominion Virginia Power, more than $5,000 from AP-CO - the company he's rallying against, and another $14,500 from other electric companies and industry lobbyists. Perhaps with his seat on the line, Delegate Armstrong has seen the light, but according to Politifact Reporter Warren Fiske, it wasn't always that way.

"It's not that he's turning down the money. It's just not coming in, he says, and if it did come in, he would -- he said he'd accept it and give it to a charity that helps pay for utility bills out in his district. That may be true, but we also found that he had a substantial change in position," Fiske said.

And you can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com and you can see all our past reports on Ryan's political blog, www.decisionvirginia.com.

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