Video: “11 times we asked Senator Kiggans why she voted against…the Virginia Fairness In Lending Act. 11 times she refused to answer”

A new report from WAVY reveals that Republican Jen Kiggans voted against a crackdown on predatory lending practices – after taking nearly $20,000 in campaign money from the industry.

Payday lenders, which are notorious for grossly overcharging borrowers and exorbitant interest rates, have been known to specifically exploit military and veterans. But when Jen Kiggans had the chance to vote for the Virginia Fairness In Lending Act, which would crack down on predatory lending in short-term lending, Jen Kiggans voted no.

Virginia veterans may have been left behind by Jen Kiggans’ vote, but her campaign backers received dividends for their investment. During her campaign for state senate, Jen Kiggans received nearly $20,000 in contributions from a Republican PAC that got “substantial financial backing” from the payday loan industry — then she voted exactly as they wanted.

When reporter Andy Fox asked Kiggans to explain her vote, she literally stood up mid-question and walked away, cutting the interview short. As WAVY reports, “11 times we asked Senator Kiggans why she voted against…the Virginia Fairness In Lending Act. 11 times she refused to answer, making statements unrelated to why she voted no.

“When Jen Kiggans was given the choice between protecting Virginia veterans or bidding on her campaign donors, she chose her donors,” said DCCC spokeswoman Monica Robinson. “It’s the kind of disgusting ‘pay to play’ politics that makes politics so rotten. Jen Kiggans can’t be trusted to stand up for Virginians and she doesn’t deserve to be in Congress.

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