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Kaine Still Collecting Big Checks From Donors

Tim Craig

The state legislative elections are over, and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is barred by law from seeking a second consecutive term in 2009, but that isn't stopping him from raising money.

Even though Kaine raised and spent millions of dollars this fall to help Democrats retake control of the state Senate, the governor's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, has collected $30,000 from three donors since the Nov. 6 election.

On Nov. 8, Kaine received a $10,000 donation from Fred Eychaner, a Chicago businessman and gay rights activist who has given millions to Democratic causes over the years. Last week, the Communications Workers of America also donated $10,000 to Moving Virginia Forward. And Christopher Little, a retired business executive from McDowell, Va., gave Moving Virginia Forward $10,000 Monday, according to the State Board of Elections.

Little has donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates running in this fall's elections, including a total of $105,000 to Moving Virginia Forward, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in state politics.

Charlie Kelly, political director for Moving Virginia Forward, said Kaine continues to raise money because the "work doesn't stop on Election Day."

Kelly said Kaine is trying to raise money before the start of the legislative session in January because state law forbids fundraising during the 60-day session.

"We spent down to zero this election cycle and we have to raise money before the session to sustain our operation through March," Kelly said. "We have operational costs and we need to keep the lights on here."

By Tim Craig  |  November 29, 2007; 11:39 AM ET
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008 , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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