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Va. Nonprofits Still Waiting On Impacts Of Cuccinelli Funding Opinion

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Aides to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell say he will soon release a master list of nonprofit organizations that can no longer to receive direct donations from state agencies.

The governor's office is generating the list in light of a legal opinion issued by Cuccinelli in January, in which he concluded that direct donations to nonprofits from state agencies violated Virginia's constitution.

Chuck Bean, executive director of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, says many of his member organizations are concerned.

"Frankly, I find it curious that no other attorney general before this came to this opinion," he says. (Bean also sits on WAMU's Community Council.)

But Cuccinelli's opinion doesn't preclude state agencies from giving nonprofits money for specific contracted work.

John Woodard with the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless says it may force Virginia nonprofits to be more exact in what they do and what funding they go after -- and that's not all bad.

"[They'll] really ask the hard questions, about accountability," Woodard says. "Are we getting done what we say we're getting done and can we measure it, -- those kinds of things," he says.

A spokesman for Cuccinelli says the opinion is based on a plain reading of the Virginia Constitution, and it's up to lawmakers to change that Constitution if there's a law they don't like.


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