Virginia Commonwealth University

With McAuliffe in office, old friends find new opportunities

RICHMOND - Terry McAuliffe's move from national Democratic political insider to Virginia governor has meant new opportunities for some of his longtime friends. After McAuliffe took office in early 2014, some of his friends— who had never lobbied in Virginia before — started registering as lobbyists with several companies interested in contracting with the state. Among the companies are technology and health care businesses, including some Medicaid-related firms. McAuliffe has made expanding Medicaid, a government funded health care program for the poor, a top priority for his administration. He's so far been blocked by the GOP-controlled General Assembly. The...